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O'CARROLL, Francis (Frank) Brendan Second Lieutenant 6th Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Born: Dublin *Resided: Dublin.

Age: 20 Date of Death: 10/08/1915 Cause: Killed in action.

Family Notes: Son of, Joseph O'Carroll, M.D., F.R.C.P.I., and Frances O'Carroll, of 43, Merrion Square, Dublin.

Religion: Roman Catholic. Trade/profession: Student, University College Dublin.

Education: Educated at St. Mary’s College, Rathmines, Shrewsbury School and University College Dublin.

 

Second Lieut. Frank Brendan O’Carroll, 6th Batt. Royal Dublin Fusiliers was killed in action on August 10th at Gallipoli. He was the youngest surviving son of Dr. O’Carroll, Merrion Square, and was educated at St. Mary’s College, Rathmines and Shrewsbury School. He subsequently entered University College Dublin, and entered the Bar as his profession, but immediately war broke out he at once applied for and obtained a commission in the 6th Dublin Fusiliers.

                                                            Our heroes, Supplement to Irish Life, 24 September 1915.

 

Census Notes: The 1911 Census shows Francis (aged 15), residing with his parents, Joseph (aged 55) and Frances (aged 50) at, No. 43, Merrion Square East, Dublin; also present were his brothers and sisters, Charles (aged 21), Nuala (aged 19), Columba (aged 17), Maeve (aged 14) and Blanaid (aged 8); his parents stated that during their marriage they had eight children, seven of whom were alive at the time of the Census.

Special Notes: 2nd/Lt. O’Carroll is listed on the IWM records as “Francis Brendon, killed in action, August 10, 1915;” no location is given for his death.

Grave/Memorial: Panel 190 to 196. Helles Memorial.

Irish War Memorial Records Page No: Volume VI, Page 368.

 


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The Gallipoli Association had a stand at the "Back to Our Past" Exhibition in Dublin in October 2011. During the event it was with great pleasure that I met with Mr. Henry Fairbrother a member of the Old Dublin Society.
 
Henry a gentleman with a great love of history has conducted research into the family of 2nd/Lt. O'Carroll and has written an article for the Old Dublin Society in relation to his research. His interest in the O'Carroll family was ignited by the discovery of a memorial plaque struck in honour of Frank O'Carroll.  The plaque which was stored away for several years is now on display in the Military Section of the National Museum, Collins Barracks, Dublin.
 
Henry has kindly given me permission to reproduce his research on the forum. I will in order to better serve his hardwork and diligence in completing the research post them as separate posts below this post. A photograph of the memorial plaque will also be added shortly.
 


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The following is the text of a lecture given by Mr. Henry Fairbrother to the Old Dublin Society on the Centenary of 2nd/Lt. O'Carroll's birth and the 80th anniversary of his death.
 
It should be noted that Henry has subsequent to this lecture been able to have the memorial plaque publicly displayed in the Military Section of the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin. 
 
ROYAL DUBLIN FUSILIER.
Henry Fairbrother.
August 1995.
 
The Gallipoli campaign of 1915, during World War I, commenced on March 18th. The objectives were capturing Istanbul (Constantinople) to force Turkey out of the war, to secure an ice-free supply route to Russia and to open another front against Germany and Austria-Hungary. As part of this campaign the 6th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, landed at Suvla Bay in Turkey on August 6th, 1915.
 
Frank Brendan O'Carroll, was born on July 18th, 1895, to Dr. Joseph O'Carroll, M.D., F.R.C.P.I. and Frances O'Carroll (nee McLoone) of 43 Merrion Square, Dublin and was baptised in the church of St. Andrew, Westland Row on July 21st, 1895. He was educated at St. Mary's College, Rathmines and Shrewsbury School. He subsequently entered University College Dublin and intended adopting the Bar as his profession. At the outbreak of the war he applied for and was given a commission with the 6th Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
 
Having arrived at Suvla bay on August 6th he was killed in action just four days later on August 10th, three weeks after his 20th Birthday. One of 36,000 killed he has no known grave, but he is commemorated by name on the Helels Memorial, Gallipoli.
 
In honour of his son, Dr. O'Carroll who was a Professor of medicine at U.C.D. from 1914-1925; endowed a bed to the children's ward in the Richmond Hospital. To commemorate this Dr. O'Carroll commissioned a plaque by Oliver Sheppard to be erected at the Richmond Hospital. The relief was originally exhibited in the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1920 before it was place on the walls of the Richmond until it's closure in 1987. It was then placed in the main concourse of Beaumont Hospital until 1992 when the Hospital was being redecorated. The bronze memorial was never re-hung and now lies in a storeroom in the hospital.
 
As this is the centenary of Second Lieutenant Frank Brendan O'Carroll's birth and the 8oth anniversary of his death, it is a timely reminder to reflect on the short lives of those young men who died in that terrible war, and perhaps to once again display the plaque in his memory and to remind us of Dr. O'Carroll's generosity to the sick children of Dublin.


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