Thomas McGrath, Private 10933 Royal Irish Regiment

thomas mcgrath, casements irish brigade

Thomas McGrath Irish Brigade Germany

Irish Brigade Machine Gunners

This seems to be the only candidate in the MICs. He did not forfeit his medals. From Waterford on Keogh's notes.And a labourer on enlistment from Casement. Mahoney's list has him as Royal Irish Correct service no on Roll

1894 circa born Waterford

1911 Census has too many Thomas McGrath of the right age.

1914 Apr. His service number indicates an enlistment date of around April 1914

1914 Aug 13. Lands in France

1914 Taken prisoner, and followed the rest of the Irish Brigade through Limburg, Zossen and Danzig

1915 Jan Did not volunteer for Egypt. he gives his father as living at 103 Thistle St, Glasgow

1915 Nov 19. Hahn writes to Casement asking him to authorise the removal of a number of men for drunkeness and /or insubordination, adding that Dowling and Quinlisk agree with this request. He is on that list, but Casement did not act on it

1917 Jan 10. They had a hut inspection one day from an American official, who they mistook for someone from Dublin, and gave him information about themselves that they should not have give. Soon after this the NCOs appear to have drawn up a black list of grumblers and men branded as English. And some days later a fully armed section of German troops entered the barracks, and the Irish Brigade NCOs seemed aware of what was happening. Nine or ten names were read out, and the men ordered to have their kit ready to leave in 5 minutes. They were then marched out of the camp under guard and into as Rahilly says "slavery", a punishment camp. A letter that Burke wrote to Gaffney about their treatment confirms the state of affirs given by Rahilly, and one can arrive at list the men sent to the punishment camp from putting together information from Burke and O'Toole, plus the official list from Hahn gives:-

They went by train and road until they found themselves in a hut built near a river at Quadsow (now Kwasowo in Poland) in a wilderness. Quadsow was a punishment camp, and I am not clear how these men had been selected to be taken there. This was their home. They slept on damp mud and the walls of the hut were damp. They worked from dawn to dusk, reinforcing the banks of the river. All they ever had for meals were hot drinks, no food. Two months later 5 of these men returned (these must have been Fulford, McMahon, McCabe, Patrick Keogh, Thomas McGrath, P Carr). Their appearance had changed, they were now bearded and pale, their eyes full of fear, their bodies bloated from hot drinks but no food. They were bullied by the guards, butted with rifles. Later that evening of their return Rahilly found that one had cut his own throat with a rusty razor. He made a recovery, but not a full recovery, and died later in 1918 "during the armistice". This man has to be Gunner Carr as he is the only man whose death fits - 15 Sep 1918

1917 Mar 12. Hahn to Gaffney. There are only about 30 men out at work, and there always seem to be about 24 in the camp. He records debts for Thomas McGrath, McMahon and Daly (sick for 6 weeks in hospital in Dirschau)

1918 May 1. Thomas McGrath has heard that his brother, who had remained loyal, had been exchanged.

O'Toole believed that he went home

Dead by 1960

Recruits to Irish Brigade