The Rising Dead

© Ray Bateson

Volunteers

Over 60 Volunteers were killed in action during the Easter Rising. After the confusion of the fighting and its aftermath, it is understandable that there were discrepancies in the death lists published in various accounts, on memoriam cards and subsequently in the Rolls of Honour. Some people are mentioned under variations of a name; some are mentioned only by name with no further details; some are mentioned in one but not all death lists; and some who were killed in action are not mentioned in any account. The accuracy of the given death dates and locations is often in question.

They Died by Pearse’s Side examines witness statements from fellow Volunteers, contemporary reports and other sources to provide information on how, where and when these Volunteers died. It clears up much of the confusion and will be a valuable source for the drawing up of a more accurate and comprehensive Roll of Honour as we approach the centenary of the Rising.


They Died by Pearse’s Side is the first book to bring together the stories of these Volunteers. It presents an overview of each major battle and an overall timeline and location for these Volunteer deaths. It tells the story of how each of them died and provides a photograph and the location of each grave.


‘Patrick Whelan (RIP) was fatally wounded beside me, being shot in the head just below the eye. He expired in about a minute.’


‘Charles Darcy, quite young and a particular friend of mine, came in the line of fire, received a fatal wound and I saw him fall back into the roof gutter.’


‘During the final fight Peter Paul Manning and Patrick Farrell were shot in the large room over the shop in Moore’s Coach Factory.

Over sixty known Volunteers were killed in action during Easter Week. A number of others who were killed have not been identified. Others died from the effects of wounds received during the battle or from the conditions of imprisonment after the surrender. The names of these Volunteers are now largely forgotten and their graves known to only a few.

They Died by Pearse’s Side is the first book to bring together the stories of these Volunteers. It presents an overview of each major battle and an overall timeline and location for these Volunteer deaths. It tells the story of how each of them died and provides a photograph and the location of each grave.