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Irish Volunteer Training Corps Members Killed

 

Browning F. H. Sub-Commandant Irish Volunteer Training Corps. Aged 47.

Died in Dublin on the 26th of April 1916, came from Dublin.


Clery Reginald F. Lance-Corporal Irish Volunteer Training Corps. Aged 22

Died in Dublin on the 24th or 25th of April 1916, came from Dublin.


Harborne Thomas Private (Motor Cyclist) Irish Volunteer Training Corps

Died in Dublin on the 24th or 25th of April 1916.



Hosford Joseph Private Irish Volunteer Training Corps died in Dublin on the 28th of April 1916 in Dublin. He is buried in Grangegorman Military Cemetery Dublin. had been in the employment of Brooks, Thomas and Co., Ltd., for 36 years, and was in charge of the colour section of the paint department.

Gibbs John Henry Irish Volunteer Training Corps. Aged 55

Died in Dublin on the 24th or 25th of April 1916, came from Dublin.


Nolan James Irish Volunteer Training Corps

Died in Dublin.


The Irish Volunteer Training Corps, or the G.R.ís as they were better known where the first to suffer fatalities in the Rising.  On Monday the 24th of April the 1st Dublin Battalion paraded at Beggarís Bush Barracks. There were four companies composed of the Irish Rugby Union Football Corps, the St. Andrewís Corps, the Dublin Veterans Corps, the Glasnevin Corps as well as City and Railway corps and some motor cyclists. Although comprising of many Corps the force amounted to about 120 men.  The force left Beggarís Bush Barracks and marched to Ticknock. The force took part in an exercise with the Kingstown Corps and the Graystones Corps.

 

On completion of the exercise they set out to march back to Beggarís Bush, newspapers and other sources suggest they were surprised by the Rebels when they arrived back at Beggarís Bush but several sources state that they were informed of the trouble in Dublin and knew several buildings were occupied by the Rebels and advised to approach Dublin with caution.  The commander of the force Major Harris marched the GRs from Ticknock to Beggarís Bush without stopping, the march took one hour and twenty minutes arriving at the approach to Beggarís Bush Barracks at about 4pm. They found the Barracks under siege and as they approached they came under heavy fire. The main source of the fire came from the Rebels occupying the railway bridge which had a commanding view of Haddington Road.

 

Although armed with rifles the GRs had no ammunition or bayonets and their GR Brassards made them obvious targets.  Their commander with an advance party managed to enter the Barracks by the front entrance although they came under heavy fire in which Corporal Clery of A Company was mortally wounded. The remainder of the company was ordered to retreat up Lansdowne Lane and made their way to the back of the Barracks via Northumberlnd Road marching in single file until they reached a place in the wall where it seemed possible to climb over the wall. Eighty one men and nine officers managed to scale the wall and join the besieged garrison. There were only seventeen lee Enfield rifles in the barracks and the GRs only had six which would take .303 ammunition. The GRs were instructed on how to use their old Italian rifles as clubs should the Sinn Feiners attempt to rush the Barracks.

 

Continues firing was kept up on the Barracks especially from number 25 at the corner of Northumberland Road and Haddington Road. And it was from this house that the remainder of the GRs left outside the Barracks suffered their most losses. About forty GRs, under the command of F H Browning , were attempting to gain access to the Barracks when they came under a deadly hail of fire from the house on the corner, four were killed and nine injured. Sheltering in neighbouring houses they managed to acquire a change of clothes, their uniform being deemed too dangerous to wear, they managed to get safely from the area.

 

Later in the week Mr Joseph Hosford of C Company (Glasnevin) was shot dead by a sniper when he went to the barrack room to get his coat, he stood in front of a window for a moment when a bullet came through the glass and hit him.

 

The garrison at Beggarís Bush was strengthened on the Wednesday afternoon by a party from the Nottís and Derby Territorials who had landed at Kingstown that morning and marched to Ballsbridge.  Knowing nothing of the area the Territorials were directed to the Barracks by sentries on the Shelbourne Road, approaching the Barracks from the rear they had to climb, heavily laden, over the wall by means of a ladder, most of them had only three months training at Watford and some had never fired a service rifle.

 

Francis Browning


One of the GR men who died as a result of wounds received in this incident was Francis Browning. He died two days later on the 26th of April from a single head wound. He was 47 years old. Members of the Irish Rugby Football Union Volunteer Training Corps erected a memorial to his memory. The memorial is a large limestone cross on top of a plinth bearing the following inscription.

 

This stone was erected by the members of the Irish Rugby Football Union Volunteer Training Corps, in affectionate remembrance of Francis Henry Browning B.A. Barrister-at-Law, its founder and commanding officer, and second in command of the 1st Dublin Battalion of the Irish Association of Volunteer Training Corps. He died from wounds received at Northumberland Road Dublin during the Sinn Fťin Rising of Easter Week 1916 while returning with his men to Beggars Bush Barracks. He will live in the memory of all as an honourable comrade, and true distinguished sportsman, who by his untiring efforts and splendid patriotism  obtained from his corps over 300 recruits for His Majestyís Forces during the Great European War. Born 22nd June 1868. Died 26th April 1916.