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Abraham Watchorn

Rathvilly, Co Carlow


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

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]


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