Letter to Mrs. Cecil [Meriel Fetherstonhaugh] from Granby Burke describing the situation in Dublin during the Easter Rising,
1916 May 9.
|Main Author:||Burke, Granby|
Letter addressed to 'My Dear Mrs. Cecil' and signed 'Granby'. Letter explains that he was lunching at the Kildare Street Club on Easter Monday with a young soldier on leave from Salonica, when they heard of the outbreak of the Rebellion. He mentions that 'for a week from that day, no bread or milk were [sic] delivered... all the gas in Dublin was cut off'. He goes on to tell about his work with the St. John Ambulance at Baggot Street Hospital, and being with the troops at 'the taking of Carisbrooke House' where 'our squadron leader was shot dead by a sniper, while bringing in a wounded man'. Mentions also that 'one of our ambulances riddled with bullets ... 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 refers to Agnes [his wife?] and that 'her nerves are rather shattered now that the tension is over. The ceaseless firing day and night, was very trying'. He says that he is relieved that 'Eleanor [Meriel Eleanor Fetherstonhaugh] had the luck not to have gone to Dublin from Fairyhouse, and that Cecil [Captain Cecil Fetherstonhaugh] was out of it'.
Imprint of 'The Receiver Office / Four Courts / Dublin' on top of 1st page.
Granby Burke was a member of the Four Courts St. John Ambulance Brigade. Meriel Fetherstonhaugh was the wife of Captain Cecil Fetherstonhaugh.
Physical description: 1 item (4 pp)
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|MS 49,366||Manuscripts Reading Room||Manuscripts|
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