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Capt Frederick Christian Dietrichsen

Capt Frederick Christian Dietrichsen

Birth
Epping, Epping Forest District, Essex, England
Death 25 Apr 1916 (aged 33–34)
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Burial Blackrock, County Dublin, Ireland
Plot Grave Reference:S. K2. 66.
Memorial ID 24716011 · View Source
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Captain Frederick Christian Dietrichsen.
Adjutant, 2/7th Battalion, the Sherwood Foresters.


Captain Dietrichsen died on a Dublin Street in 1916, shot by either Lt. Grace or Lt. Malone, possibly by both. They were volunteers of the 3rd Battalion Irish volunteers under the command of Eamon De Valera and they had been carefully placed behind barricaded firing positions inside the bathroom of the grand and elegant house at number 25 Northumberland Road. Their firing positions dominated the approaches to Mount Street Bridge. Captain Dietrichsen was the Adjutant of the Battalion of Sherwood Foresters, mostly young volunteer soldiers from Nottingham and Newark, who would carelessly and fatally march onto the gun sights of Grace and Malone and into the deadly ambush prepared by De Valera's men, whose main task was to prevent the soldiers crossing the little stone Mount Street bridge and linking up with the fighting already raging in the City centre. Before the war Dietrichsen had been a successful and wealthy barrister practising in Nottingham, the home the regiment, where they were known as the Robin Hoods. He came, as most barristers did in those days, from a wealthy family. They had made their money manufacturing underwear garments. But he was no stranger to Ireland for he had married to a Dublin girl, Beatrice Mitchell from Blackrock. By 1916 Capt. Dietrichsen and Beatrice had two children, aged just 3 and 7 years. They lived exceptionally well in one of the more affluent residential districts of the City of Nottingham. The legal profession both in Ireland and in England were strong supporters of the Great War and Barrister. Dietrichsen was one of the earliest to volunteer his services and join the army to fight in France. With the war came Zeppelin Airships to drop bombs on Nottingham, an industrial area of some importance to the manufacture of armaments. His wife Beatrice decided that for the duration of the war she would return, with the children, to her parent's home in Blackrock, where it was much safer than the industrial cities of England, now opened to enemy bombing. Besides, she and the children would have been alone in Nottingham now that her husband had taken a commission and gone to the trenches. And so she left Nottingham for the peace of Ireland, to live at her parent's substantial home in the then largely rural suburb of Blackrock. Of course she did not know when she left Nottingham that rebellion would break out in Dublin. Nor did she know that the soldiers that would be sent to crush the rebellion would include amongst them, her husband. His Blackrock family took Captain Dietrichsen and buried him in Deans Grange Cemetery so that he would be close to Blackrock and close to his Irish widow.

Captain Dietrichsen had landed with thousands of other British troops at Kingstown who immediately marched to the fighting in Dublin. On the march, Captain Dietrichsen spotted his wife and children cheering the soldiers as they marched, and he broke rank to embrace his family; it was the last time they would see him alive.
He was 33 and the son of James M. Dietrichsen; husband of Beatrice Agnes Morgan (formerly Dietrichsen).

Death Certificate.
Frederick Christian Dietrichsen, aged 33, married, Captain and Adjutant of the Sherwood Foresters, died at Haddington Road, Dublin, on 26 April 1916.
The cause of death was Gunshot Wound, Instantaneous, certified.
The informant of his death was Harold Mitchell, of 21 Kildare Street, Dublin, who caused the body to be buried. He registered the death on 17 May 1916.
Harold Mitchell was probably his brother-n-law.
He was a member of the famous Dublin Wine Merchants, Mitchell & Sons.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, a new CWGC headstone was erected on his grave.


His name is included on
1916 Easter Rising Memorial Wall
in Glasnevin Cemetery.





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  • Maintained by: John
  • Originally Created by: cookie
  • Added: 18 Feb 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 24716011
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Frederick Christian Dietrichsen (1882–25 Apr 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24716011, citing Deansgrange Cemetery, Blackrock, County Dublin, Ireland ; Maintained by John (contributor 47032041) .