Frau Agatha Bullitt Grabisch

Born in Kentucky, USA with virtually no connection to Ireland (only via a far distant ancestor). Agatha Grabish married a German doctor and was living in Berlin when WW1 broke out. Zerhusen says she worked for the Dept of External Affairs and was married to a man on the staff of General von Luddendorf. For reasons that are not clear, she became involved in the Irish movement in Berlin, meeting Casement and Gaffney. After Casement's return to Ireland, she became more involved with the welfare of the Brigade. Some of the men disliked and/or distrusted her, and she in turn had those who she had confidence in.

1916 She and a Mrs Kellermann (Mrs Kellermann being the wife of a "well known writer and war correspondent") used to go to the wire at Zossen every Sunday and bring English books for the men, and pass them through the wire. Zerhusen did not approve of this or of Mrs Grabisch.

1916 Jun 12. "An uncensored diary from the Central Empires" by Ernesta Drinker Bullitt, published Philadelphia, January 17, 1917 1916, Jun 12. Agatha Grabisch called this morning. She has been to East Prussia

1918 May. Zerhusen was transferred back to his regiment. He believes that the reason was that Mrs Grabisch denounced him to the military authorities for bye-passing the censor.

1918 May 28. Mrs Grabisch writes to Hahn about pending trial of Keogh. She says that the hotel bill has been settles and that Gaffney would speak on Keogh's behalf at his trial.

1919 Jan/Feb. Rahilly wrote Later, I found the Chief [of the German Intelligence dept to which Rahilly was attached in 1919] and his American wife had a genuine regard for my company, but of that later. The Americans who sat at table delighted in discussing the War and the entry of America into the arena of European politics, sometimes our Departmental Chief and Frau Kellerman invited only myself to dinner, then I had the privilege of spending a very pleasant evening indeed, for our Chief was both amusing and interesting when the cares of office routine were left behind. Frau Kellerman was a highly cultured American lady. I'm sure she disliked the German war-fever very much, for a lady of her culture and refinement could find no excuse for the 1914 Sieger-Kampf, or, for that matter, any war-orgy. Frau Bullitt Grabisch too, sometimes came to these dinners. Frau Grabisch was a staunch friend of Ireland, and since the arrival of Sir Roger Casement in the earlier war days, interested herself unsparingly in Brigade matters. A Colonel Emerson, of the American Army, was another who added to the interest of these little dinner-parties.

1920 - 1945. Letters from the period to James B. Bullitt in USA from his sister in Berlin, Agatha Bullitt Grabisch, where she was a journalist and teacher. She wrote about economic and political conditions as well as about visitors and family affairs.

1935 Nov 22. 'Department of the Taoiseach' Copy letter to Mr Patrick Little, Dublin, from Agatha Bullitt Grabisch, enclosing a list of members of the Irish Brigade. She states that it is hard for her to suggest who among them might be worthy of consideration under Father Nicholson's will. [Under the terms of this will those in the Irish Brigade who remained true to the cause of Irish independence and who had no further link with the British Army are entitled to benefit] ref cabinet .s 8817

1948 Jun 2. Died, buried in Dublin

Casement's Irish Brigade