Friday, 8 January 2016

Military Archives releases 1916 Roll of Honour and executed leaders details

Some records releases from Military Archives ( at Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin:


Following a review of the files in the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection the total number of casualties recognised by the Department of Defence, in accordance with the provisions of the Army Pensions Acts 1923, 1927 and 1932 and the Military Service Pensions Acts 1924, 1934 and 1949 is seventy eight (78).

In summary, to be recognised as a casualty one had to be proven to be :
  • A member of the Forces as set out in legislation: - the Irish Volunteers, Irish Citizen Army, Na Fianna Eireann, the Hibernian Rifles and Cumann na mBan.
  • Proven to have been on active service
  • To have been killed or wounded in the course of his duty
  • Death not due to any serious negligence or misconduct
  • To have died within three years of having received a wound provided the death was solely due to such wound.

To view the Roll of Honour, in PDF format, visit


The list shows the following particulars: name, address, organisation, rank, unit, civilian occupation, cause and place of death as well as file references in the collection.

To view the details visit

The spot in Kilmainham Gaol where James Connolly was executed

(Incidentally, having been to Kilmainham Gaol last Sunday, where the leaders were executed, I would thoroughly recommend a visit. You might wish to turn up early though to book a tour slot, they were being snapped up fairly quickly when we arrived. I believe admission prices are also going up soon, so best to get in quick! See

Note that the Military Archives reading room will be closed in March and April, as the records are being relocated into a purpose built facility on the site, which will open at the end of April. For further news on this please visit

For news of the recent confirmation of further funding for the digitisation effort, see

(With thanks to Military Archives)


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