Robert Scanlon/Scanlan 7576 Private in 2 Royal Irish Rifles

scanlon, Casement recruit

Correct man from Roll, where he is Scanlon. He is on Casements list as previously a boilermaker. And is the only man not on Keogh's list. But both Casement, Mahony and the Americans include him. He appears to have been shot during the German post war revolution in 1919 His Egypt list says age 28 born Belfast. So circa 1886.

1889 Jul 27. born Limerick. In Irish State Registers.

robert scanlon 1901 census

1901 census shows him as a "shipwright", born in Limerick, and now living with his family in 20 Church Lane, Passage West, Monkstown, Cork.

1904 enlisted in Royal Irish Rifles (Bailey with a service number 7483 enlisted April 1904, and Scanlon's number was 7576). He must have joined for a limited period, then left for the Reserves, as he is in the 1911 census

1911 census scanlan

1911 census. The family is back in Limerick living in one of 3 families at 47 Henry Street, Limerick. Robert Scanlan is down as a "Dock Labourer"

1914 Aug 14, landed in France,

1914 Sep 20. Captured, taken to Limburg and joins Casements Irish Brigade.

Casements trial documents quote an ex-prisoner William Egan gave evidence that Bailey ( who landed with Casement at Banna Strand) joined the Irish Brigade along with Greer and Scanlan from the Royal Irish Rifles. On MI5 files with this service number and in a section dealing with postal censorship in a booklet titled "Forms Issued in Connection with the Work of The Central Prisoners of War Committee" published by the British Red Cross and Order of St John in 1917, they give this service number in a list of men known to have joined the Irish Brigade

1915 Oct 25. In answer to a question, gave his Ireland address as Lingford St, Belfast. In another place he cites his sister Mrs Merrill, 89 Elder Gowan, Glasgow

1915 Dec. Volunteered for Egypt.

Zerhusen has Scanlon down as Monteith's batman

1915 moved on to Zossen and then Danzig with the Irish Brigade

1918 Nov O'Toole says that Scanlon left Danzig with a girl and he never saw him after that.

1919 Reported as shot during the German revolution - the report is from John Murphy "late Connaught Rangers". Given that Murphy was in army custody in Germany in June 1919, from his service record it would look as if Scanlan's death was in March to June 1919, but there is no CWGC for him. Murphy and Daly were discharged together and one could surmise that they were both witness to Scanlan's death.

scanlan's death

Sir, Kindly let me know the date of arrival in the United Kingdom, also the port at which you disembarked. With reference to your statement regarding the death of 7576 Pte Scanlon, Royal Irish Rifles, who had been shot during the revolution, please let me know as soon as possible the date of his death. Please reply early, as this information is urgently required by the War Office. Stamped addressed envelope herewith. Yours Faithfully,


Recruits to Irish Brigade