Note: N38291 The Easter Rising, 1916. Dublin.
Granby Burke was a member of the Four Courts St. John Ambulance Brigade, and happened to be on ambulance duty during Easter Week, 1916. His letter is addressed to “My Dear Mrs. Cecil”, meaning Meriel Fetherstonhaugh [wife of Captain Cecil Fetherstonhaugh]. He writes on behalf of Agnes [his wife?] who, he explains, had “asked me to answer your kind letter as she is overwhelmed with correspondence from anxious friends”. Burke describes how he heard of the outbreak of the rising: “I had a young soldier … on leave from Salonica [where the British Army were fighting against the Bulgarians and Austrians in the First World War] lunching with me at Kildare St Club on Easter Monday, and then heard of the outbreak of the rebellion”. He mentions that “for a week from that day, no bread or milk were [sic] delivered, and the butcher shops were shut. Butter went to 7/- per lb. All the gas in Dublin was cut off on Tuesday [25th April 1916], and is not on again yet”.
Granby Burke goes on to describe his work with the St. John Ambulance at Baggot Street Hospital, and his experiences at “the taking of Carisbrook House” where “our squadron leader was shot dead by a sniper, while bringing in a wounded man” (Carisbrook House was one of the buildings in Dublin seized by the rebels). He mentions also that “another of our men was wounded … and one of our ambulances riddled with bullets; so we left the military to do their own ambulance work after that. We were in the thick of the fighting all round Herbert Street. A servant girl was shot dead by a sniper and a poor old lady so badly shot in the thigh that her leg had to be amputated”. He says that Agnes has been “wonderfully brave” but that “her nerves were rather shattered now that the tension is over. The ceaseless firing day and night, was very trying”. Burke adds that he is relieved that “Eleanor [Captain Cecil Fetherstonhaugh’s daughter] had the luck not to have gone to Dublin from Fairyhouse, and that Cecil [Captain Cecil Fetherstonhaugh] was out of it”. In the aftermath of the rebellion, Burke was awarded a certificate of honour for his bravery.
Alfred West (1851-1919), High Sheriff of County Wicklow in 1915. He addresses his letter to Captain Cecil Fetherstonhaugh and expresses concern about Fetherstonhaugh who had also been at the races at Fairyhouse at the outbreak of the rebellion: “we were also anxious to hear how you got home”. He asks about the “state of the country about Bracklyn, it being so isolated”.
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