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Capt. Henry Desmond O'Hara D.S.O

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Forum Name: 1st Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers
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Topic: Capt. Henry Desmond O'Hara D.S.O
Posted By: Mal Murray
Subject: Capt. Henry Desmond O'Hara D.S.O
Date Posted: 14 May 2012 at 17:12

O'HARA, Henry Desmond Captain 1st Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers.

Born: Queen’s Co.

Age: 23 Date of Death: 29/08/1915 Cause: Died of wounds at sea H.S. “Arcadian” (Sustained Gallipoli).

Awards: D S O

*Family Notes: Only son of, William James and Cecilia O'Hara, of Ballincollig, Co. Cork and, of Cheney Longville, Craven Arms, Salop.

Religion: Church of Ireland. Trade/profession: Commissioned Officer.

 

Lieutenant Henry Desmond O’Hara, 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers. On the 25th of April 1915, at Seddel Bahr he took command of his battalion when all other officers had been killed or wounded. At night, when the enemy broke through the lines he displayed great initiative and resource in organising a successful counterattack, restoring the line and causing great loss to the enemy.                                                                                                     The Derry Journal, 5 July 1915.

 

O’Hara - At the Dardanelles, on August 29 1915, of wounds received on August 12. Captain Henry Desmond O’Hara D.S.O. Royal Dublin Fusiliers, dearly beloved and only son of W J O’Hara and Mrs O’Hara, Oriel House, Ballincollig.                                     The Freeman’s Journal, 8 September 1915.

 

           

Captain Henry Desmond O’Hara, D.S.O., 1st Batt. Royal Dublin Fusiliers, who will be remembered for the part he took in the memorable landing at Sedd-el-Bahr on April 25th last, when though the junior officer, he took command of the remnant of his battalion, all the officers of which, with the exception of Captain (then Lieutenant) O’Hara, having been either killed or wounded, on which occasion his initiative and resource and coolness and gallantry he displayed earned for him the D.S.O. and special mention in despatches, was wounded in action on August 12th last at the Dardanelles and died on the hospital ship Arcadian near Gibraltar on the 29th. The gallant young officer was laid to rest in the cemetery at Gibraltar with full military honours. He was the only son of Mr. W. J. O’Hara, R.M. Oriel House, Ballincollig, Co Cork.                      Our Heroes Supplement to Irish Life, 24 September 1915.

 

 

Other family losses: Captain O’Hara was one of four grandsons of Mr. Peter Connellan of Coolmore, Co. Kilkenny who died during the Great War. The other grandsons were, Major Peter Martin Connellan, 1st Bn. Hampshire Regt., killed in action 20/10/1914 and is interred in I. B. 2. Pont-De-Nieppe Communal Cemetery; Major Cecil Roger Slacke, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) attached attd. 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) killed in action 16/5/1915 and is interred in grave, III. V. 4. Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy; 2nd/Lt. Percy Francis Gethin, 3rd Bn. (Attd 8th Bn.) Devonshire Regt, killed in action 28/6/1916 and is interred in grave B. 4. Devonshire Cemetery, Mametz;

Census Notes: The 1911 Census shows Lieutenant O’Hara’s parents, William James (aged 53) and Cecilia (aged 52), residing at, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, also present was their daughter, Ethne Lilian (aged 22); they stated that during their marriage they had two children, both of whom were alive at the time of the Census. The family (including Henry Desmond, aged 8) were shown on the 1901 Census, residing at,

Special Notes: Captain O’Hara is listed on the IWM records as “died of wounds”; no location is shown for his death. The CWGC show his rank as Lieutenant,

Grave/Memorial: C. 3065. Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery, Gibraltar.

Other Memorials: Captain O’Hara is commemorated on the following memorials, The Great War Memorial, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Bishop Street, Cork City, Co. Cork; the Connellan Memorial Window, St. Canice’s Cathedral, The Close, Kilkenny. The window is in commemoration of the Four Grandsons of Peter Connellan, of Coolmore, Co. Kilkenny, who died during the Great War.

IWM Records Page No: Volume VII, Page 1.



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Replies:
Posted By: momsirish
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2013 at 20:01
Hi Mal:
Thanks for this information on Capt. O'Hara, I'm sure all of the Gallipoli Assocition appreciate your hard work in gathering so much information for the honor rolls.
I just happened to be reading parts of  Neill's Blue Caps yesterday seeking officers who were in "W" Company and noticed that Capt., then lieutent O'Hara was in "W" Company on the River Clyde on 25/4/1915. 
 
Lt. O"Hara gives a good account of how the company was disembarking from the River Clyde, and notes that Capt. Crozier and his platoon were first to leave the ship that night.  Just as O'Hara was to lead his platoon out the Turks started open firing and Capt. Crozier yelled for O'Hara to get his platoon back.   Just one of those fateful incidents in life whereby, I think if Capt Crozier did not order him back, Lieut.O'Hara mght not have  become Capt. O'Hara later.  
 
momsirish  


Posted By: CRICHTONSTU2730
Date Posted: 29 Aug 2015 at 23:42
Remembering Captain Henry Desmond O'Hara, DSO, on 29 August 2015, the centenary of his death from wounds.

Irish Life of 25 September 1915 had a supplement entitled Irish Heroes: “Captain Henry Desmond O’Hara, D.S.O., 1st Batt. Royal Dublin Fusiliers, who will be remembered for the part he took in the memorable landing at Sedd-el-Bahr on April 25th last, when though the junior officer, he took command of the remnant of his battalion, all the officers of which, with the exception of Captain (then Lieutenant) O’Hara, having been either killed or wounded, on which occasion his initiative and resource and coolness and gallantry he displayed earned for him the D.S.O. and special mention in despatches, was wounded in action on August 12th last at the Dardanelles and died on the hospital ship Arcadian near Gibraltar on the 29th. The gallant young officer was laid to rest in the cemetery at Gibraltar with full military honours. He was the only son of Mr. W. J. O’Hara, R.M. Oriel House, Ballincollig, Co Cork .” 




Posted By: momsirish
Date Posted: 08 Sep 2015 at 19:52
Hello Crichtonstu2730:
Thanks for that  article.  It is always good news to hear that there are copies of WW1 era news magazines and news papers still existing in collections and libraries and newpaper morgues.  If you have a copy of the magazine does it mention any other Dublin or Munster fusiliers, or have a honor roll of csualties?  It would probably be appreciated by other forum members as well.
momsirish


Posted By: CRICHTONSTU2730
Date Posted: 27 Apr 2016 at 14:32
Sorry for the delay in replying, I think I found the extract on the web rather than as a hard copy.



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