Newly Catalogued Collection Added to RDFA Archive

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Henry KavanaghA newly catalogued collection has just been added to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association (RDFA) Archive at the Dublin City Library and Archive in Pearse Street. The RDFA Archive is managed by Dublin City Archives.

The collection contains letters and photographs relating to the 1914-18 war time experiences of Corporal Henry Kavanagh, his brothers Enoch and Norman, and their friend George Poulton.


Henry Kavanagh was born at Merrion, County Dublin, in 1894. The son of William and Emelia Kavanagh he was educated at the Diocesan School, Molesworth Street, Dublin. Henry was one of four brothers and two sisters who lived with their widowed mother Emelia at 167 Merrion Road, Dublin after their father's death.

Henry was a solicitor's clerk prior to joining the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in 1914.  He fought in Gallipoli and then in Greece with D Company ‘The Pals’, 7th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. D Company was reserved exclusively for recruits from an organisation known as the Irish Rugby Football Union Volunteers.

Henry was made Lance-Corporal in August 1915. He was killed in action at Salonika on 23 September 1916 and was interred at Struma Military Cemetery in Greece.

Henry's older brother Norman [born 1889] worked as a clerk in the title of deeds office and joined as a dispatch rider in 1916. He survived the war and was awarded a British war and victory medals and later married George Poulton’s sister Violet.

Henry's friend George Vincent Poulton also joined the army. Unfortunately, he was very ill with dysentery, and spent a lot of time in hospital throughout the war first in Lemnos and later in Cairo before being sent home to recover. Like the Kavanaghs, his family lived on Merrion Road, and their families were well acquainted.

RDFA/004 Corporal Henry Kavanagh (1894-1916) (pdf, 40kb) (cannot access pdf?)

About the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association

The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association was established in 1996 to commemorate all Irish men and women who volunteered, served and died in the First World War 1914-1918.

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