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 Erskine Childers

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Original Name
Robert Erskine
Birth
Mayfair, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Death
24 Nov 1922 (aged 52)
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Burial
Glasnevin, County Dublin, Ireland
Memorial ID
4130 View Source

Writer. He served in the Boer War and first came to notice with his excellent spy thriller, 'The Riddle of the Sands' (1903). Clerk of the House of Commons in London until 1910. Sympathised with Irish Nationalists and in 1914 used his yacht, 'Asgard,' to run guns from Germany to the Irish Volunteers. Joined the British Navy in World War I where he served with distinction. Became Minister for Propaganda in the first Irish governemnt of 1921, but opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty. Court-martialled and shot by Free State forces during the Civil War. His son, Erskine Hamilton Childers, became President of Ireland, 1973-74.

Writer. He served in the Boer War and first came to notice with his excellent spy thriller, 'The Riddle of the Sands' (1903). Clerk of the House of Commons in London until 1910. Sympathised with Irish Nationalists and in 1914 used his yacht, 'Asgard,' to run guns from Germany to the Irish Volunteers. Joined the British Navy in World War I where he served with distinction. Became Minister for Propaganda in the first Irish governemnt of 1921, but opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty. Court-martialled and shot by Free State forces during the Civil War. His son, Erskine Hamilton Childers, became President of Ireland, 1973-74.


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 8 Dec 1998
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 4130
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/4130/erskine-childers: accessed ), memorial page for Erskine Childers (25 Jun 1870–24 Nov 1922), Find a Grave Memorial ID 4130, citing Glasnevin Cemetery, Glasnevin, County Dublin, Ireland; Maintained by Find a Grave.