- WATCHORN 25026 Private Abraham . 5th Battalion Son of Abraham
Watchorn, of Williamstown, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow, Farmer. by his wife.
Jane. Daughter, of George James; born. Dundrum. Co. Dublin. 20 Oct.
1894: educ. Lisnavagh: was a Farmer; enlisted 22 Nov. 1915; killed in
action aged 21 years on 26 April, 1916. Grangegorman Military Cemetery.
Taken to Dublin Castle Red Cross Hospital.
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Abraham Watchorn (1894-1916) - Updated Details
The flames of the Easter Rebellion fanned right into Lisnavagh,
Rathvilly, County Carlow, with the death of 21-year-old Private Abraham
Watchorn who was serving with the 5th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
He was killed in action in Dublin on Easter Wednesday (26th April
1916). He was a son of Abraham Watchorn, of Williamstown, Rathvilly,
Co. Carlow, by his Carlow-born wife. Jane, daughter of George James.
Born in Dundrum, Co. Dublin, on 20th October 1894, Abraham had been
educated in the Lisnavagh Schoolhouse and was working as a farmer when
the First World War broke out. He enlisted with the Royal Dublin
Fusiliers on 22 November 1915. Official reports say the regiment was
brought to Dublin from The Curragh, arriving in Dublin at 3.45am on
Tuesday 25h April. They appear to have gone straight into action around
Dublin Castle. After he was killed (or perhaps fatally wounded) he was
taken to Dublin Castle's Red Cross Hospital. He was buried at
Grangegorman Military Cemetery. He is amongst those named on the Great
War memorial on the organ in St. Mary's Church in Rathvilly.
[In 1915 A. Watchorn subscribed 12/- (twelve shillings) to St.
Mary's Church Sustentation. By 1929, Abraham Watchorn, the father of
the dead soldier, was giving ?1.10.0. The 1934 account reveals Frank
Watchorn, brother of the soldier, giving the same amount whilst the
accounts list a Mr. & Mrs. Watchorn subscribing from 1970 right through
to 1982. They may have been related to Joan Watchorn who worked at
Lisnavagh in the late 1970s and early 1980s. These details added by my
father, April 2013]