Unique IDCWGC/8/1/4/1/2/206
File NumberCCM64386
TitleEngine Room Artificer GLAISTER - GLASNEVIN (OR PROSPECT) CEMETERY - Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

CWGC_8_1_4_1_2_206 (CCM64386).pdf

DescriptionFile of correspondence regarding Engine Room Artificer R Glaister, who was killed by gunfire during the Easter Rising in 1916 and was buried in Glasnevin (or Prospect) Cemetery, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. The correspondence details the efforts of his widow, Mrs Harriet Glaister, to get the grave adequately marked, and to make arrangements for its maintenance.
Content NoteIncludes: Handwritten letter from Mrs Harriet Glaister, the casualty's wife, asking whether a Commission headstone had been erected on the grave of her husband, 2 December 1947; letter from the IWGC Secretary to Mrs Glaister, informing her that none of the war graves in the cemetery were marked with a headstone owing to certain difficulties, but were commemorated by name on a Screen Wall instead, and offering to contact the Eire authorities for a report on her husband's actual grave, 29 December 1947; handwritten letter from Mrs Glaister, expressing disappointment that the grave was not marked by the Commission, especially as she herself had not been permitted to mark it, and raising objection to the fact that her husband had not been repatriated in the first place owing to the tensions between Britain and the Republic of Ireland, 31 December 1947; letter from Edward King, Personal Assistant to the Vice-Chairman, to Mr C Cruise O'Brien, Department of External Affairs (An Roinn Gnóthaí Eachtracha) in Dublin, asking for a condition report of ERA Glaister's grave and the possibility of Mrs Glaister being allowed to put up a headstone, 3 February 1948; reply from Mr O'Brien, enclosing an answer from the Officer of Public Works in Dublin, which explained that the grave contained previous interments and building a foundation for a headstone was therefore impractical, 25 March 1948; letter from Mr O'Brien to Mr King, suggesting that the Commission inform Mrs Glaister only that the terrain could not support a memorial in stone, to spare her the pain of knowing that the grave had been used for other burials, 13 April 1948; letter from T J Quinn, Secretary, Office of Public Works in Dublin, with the information that Mrs Glaister had signed an undertaking stating that she was indeed aware of the other interments and that the ground could not support a permanent stone, 23 April 1948; report on an interview with Mrs Glaister, written by Squadron Leader John McNeill Campbell, stating that Mrs Glaister wished for the grave to be marked with a wooden cross and would pay for its maintenance, 29 May 1948; letter from Mr W Butler, Department of External Affairs in Dublin, to Mr Oliver Holt, Private Secretary to the Vice Chairman, with the information that the wooden cross had been put up over the grave of ERA Glaister, 3 January 1949; handwritten letter from Mrs Glaister, thanking the Commission for all the help they had given her and enclosing a ten-shilling note for their general funds, 15 December 1949.
Date2/12/1947 - 10/01/1950
Extent1 file
ArchNoteRepackaged by Jenny Turner (Trainee Archivist), 7 November 2019
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