Revolutionary Road Show Cork City April 20, 2013

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The Irish Volunteers Commemorative Organisation were present at the Nemo Rangers GAA complex in Douglas, Cork City on Saturday. There were several other groups also there. It was a very enjoyable, relaxed day and a big thank you to all the people who took the trouble to bring and show the old family heirlooms. We met many people who were so happy to share their family history with us and it really was refreshing.



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  1. Simon Pile October 3, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Very sad story indeed I purchased this via a retired silver smith shop in Auckland via eBay in 2000 owners father bought in SA back in the late 1940’s and was nearly scrapped

    • Hugh F.X. Keane October 8, 2013 at 4:57 am

      The TCD silver commemorative cup awarded to Cpl Alexander Don, New Zealand Field Artillery, pictured elsewhere on this website, was found 8 years ago in a school jumble sale in Morrinsville, New Zealand…

  2. Adrian Smith May 17, 2013 at 2:33 am

    Dear Sir Madam.
    I am doing research on the 1916 Easter Irish revolution and would like to know if you can assist me with a list of the South African soldiers present at the Trinity College during the revolution I am informed that there were 6 South African men.

    Your help will be appreciated.

    Adrian Smith.
    Brisbane, Australia.

    • Hugh F.X. Keane May 17, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      Hi Adrian

      The 1916 Sinn Fein Rebellion Handbook which was published by the Irish Times soon after the Rising (and available online) lists the 14 Dominion soldiers who assisted in the defence of TDC. There were 6 South Africans, 5 New Zealanders, 2 Canadians and 1 Australian present. The South Africans are listed as follows:
      9343 Pte Charlton, 9405 Pte Gibson , 2521 Pte Kinnahan, and 9435 Pte Moffitt, all 3rd South African Infantry,
      9208 Pte King, South African Scottish,
      7625 Pte Russell, listed as South African Infantry.


      Hugh Keane
      New Zealand

      • Adrian Smith May 20, 2013 at 10:21 pm

        Hello Hugh.

        Thank you very much for this information, it is most helpful and appreciated.

        Kind Regards.

        Adrian Smith.

        • Hugh F.X. Keane May 22, 2013 at 7:03 am

          Thanks Adrian

          Here is some biographical information on Pvt Garnet King from the Dix Noonan Webb catalogue 12/2011.

          Garnet Douglas King was born in Stanger, Natal and was educated at Pietermaritzburg College. Employed as a Civil Servant in the Department of Native Affairs, he attested for the South African Overseas Expeditionary Force at Potchefstroom on 25 January 1916, aged 27 years, having previously served 5 months in the suppression of the Zulu Rebellion of 1905 and 10 months in German S.W. Africa and the associated Boer Rebellion during 1914-15. In the latter campaigns he served in the 3rd Mounted Rifles and Natal Mounted Rifles.

          As a Private in the 2nd Reserve Battalion 4th South African Infantry he was posted to Dublin and was one of a number of Colonial soldiers who assisted in the defence of the Trinity College Dublin during the Easter Rising in April 1916. For their services the ‘Defenders of Trinity College’ were each awarded a small silver cup.

          On Saturday 5 August 1916, in the Provost’s gardens of Trinity College, a presentation was made by the Citizens of Dublin to commemorate the gallant conduct of the Officers’ Training Corps during the Easter Rebellion. Their action, offensive and defensive preserved life and property in Grafton Street, Nassau Street, College Green, College Street, Dame Street and Westmoreland Street and included the historic buildings of Trinity College as well as those of the Bank of Ireland. As a result of a public subscription, over £700 was raised which was expended on silver plate: Two large presentation cups were presented to the Commandant of the O.T.C. and smaller silver ‘replica cups were presented to all ranks of the Corps and others who had participated in the work of the defence. ‘9208 Pte. King, South African Scottish’ is listed amongst the recipients.

          Having left Dublin for Bordon, Hampshire before the presentation, King asked for his cup to be sent to his mother: Mrs A. M. King, of Cofton Lodge, Stanger, Natal’. King served in France from August 1916. On 12 April 1917 he was slightly wounded by a gunshot to the shoulder. Again in action three days later, he was dangerously wounded with gunshot wounds to the abdomen and shoulder. 9208 Private Garnet Douglas King, 4th South African Infantry died of his wounds on 17 April 1917, aged 28 years. He was buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery.

          A brave man whatever your politics.


          Hugh Keane

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