Erskine Childers

The Bluejackets All Officer

Erskine Childers

British officer and Irish revolutionary




Erskine Childers is Born

Jun 25, 1870

Robert Erskine Childers is born in Mayfair in London

Edit

Location: Britain



Erskine Childers’ Father Dies

1876

Erskine Childers’ father, Robert Caesar Childers, dies of tuberculosis. Although she still appeared healthy his mother was confined to an isolation hospital in case she too had the disease. He and his siblings were taken in by their mother’s uncle in County Wicklow in Ireland.

Edit

Location: Britain



Erskine Childers Buys Shulah

1893

Erskine Childers buys his first yacht, Shulah

Edit

Location: Ireland



Erskine Childers At the House of Commons

1895

Erskine Childers becomes a junior committee clerk in the House of Commons with a view to then becoming a Member of Parliament

Edit

Location: Britain



Erskine Childers Cruises Germany

1897

Erskine Childers takes his yacht Vixen for a cruise along the Frisian Island, Norderney and the Baltic. He will use this experience when he writes The Riddle of the Sands

Edit

Location: Germany



Erskine Childers joins the Army

Dec 1898

Erskine Childers volunteers to join the British army to serve in the Second Boer War as part of the newly formed City of London Imperial Volunteers

Edit

Location: Britain



Civ Leave for South Africa

Feb 02, 1900

The City of London Imperial Volunteers departs from Britain for South Africa

Edit

Location: Britain



Boers Attack a Supply Train

Jun 26, 1900

The Boers attack a supply train of ox-wagons, which included Erskine Childers as one of the drivers. The Boers continue attacking for the next three days.

Edit

Location: Southern Africa



Erskine Childers Gets Trench Foot

Aug 24, 1900

Erskine Childers is evacuated to hospital in Pretoria due to Trench Foot.

Edit

Location: Southern Africa



Childers is Returned to Britain

Oct 07, 1900

Erskine Childers is returned to Britain

Edit

Location: Southern Africa



Childers Publishes the Riddle of the Sands"

May 1903

Erskine Childers publishes The Riddle of the Sands. It becomes extremely popular, and helps to shift the public from viewing France and Britains major adversary to the danger that could come from the relatively new power of Imperial Germany.

Edit

Location: Britain



Erskine Childers Marries

Jan 05, 1904

Robert Erskine Childers marries Mary “Molly” Alden Osgood in Boston. Her father gives the couple the yacht Asgard as a gift

Edit

Location: usa



Erskine Childers Smuggles Guns to Ireland

Jun 1914

Erskine Childers uses his yacht the Asgard to smuggle a cargo of 900 Mauser Model 1871 rifles and 29000 cartridges to the Irish Volunteers, an Irish nationalist movement

Edit

Location: Ireland



Childers joins the Navy

Aug 1914

Erskine Childers volunteers to join the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve

Edit

Location: Britain



HMS Engadine is Commissioned

Sep 01, 1914

HMS Engadine is commissioned and assigned to the Harwich Force. She had been converted to carry seaplanes at Chatham Dockyard by adding three canvas hangars and derricks for getting the seaplanes in and out of the sea.

Edit

Location: Chatham



HMS Empress joins Harwich Force

Sep 30, 1914

HMS Empress is assigned to the Harwich Force along with Engadine and Riviera

Edit

Location: Britain



Cuxhaven Raid

Dec 25, 1914

Aircraft from the seaplane carriers of the Harwich Force to raid a Zeppelin base

Edit

Location: Europe



Childers joins HMS Ben-My-Chree

1915

Erskine Childers joins HMS Ben-my-Chree to train the seaplane pilots in navigation

Edit

Location: Mediterranean



HMS Ben-My-Chree Sails for the Dardanelles

May 1915

HMS Ben-my-Chree sails for the Dardanelles, carrying two Short Type 184 torpedo bombers

Edit

Location: Mediterranean



HMS Ben-My-Chree Arrives in Lesbos

Jun 10, 1915

HMS Ben-my-Chree arrives in Lesbos

Edit

Location: Mediterranean



Seaplanes Patrolling the Sea of Marmora

Aug 11, 1915

A seaplane from HMS Ben-my-Chree spots Turkish ship off the north coast of the Sea of Marmora

Edit

Location: Sea of Marmara



Attack From HMS Ben-My-Chree

Aug 12, 1915

Flight Commander Charles Edmonds attacks the ship that was spotted the day before. He left his observer behind and flew with a reduced fuel load to lighten his aircraft enough to carry a 14-inch torpedo. He successfully dropped his torpedo, but it turned out that his target had been beached after having been torpedoed by the British submarine E14.

Edit

Location: Sea of Marmara



Torpedo Attack From HMS Ben-My-Chree

Aug 17, 1915

Flight Commander Charles Edmonds, accompanied by Flight Lieutenant George Dacre, go out on a patrol. Edmonds torpedoed a 5000 ton ship but Dacre suffered engine troubles and had to land in the Dardanelles. He was taxiing on the water when he encountered a large steam tugboat, which he promptly torpedoed. After taxiing for several miles he was able to get airborne again and was within gliding distance of Ben-my-Chree when his engine failed permanently.

Edit

Location: Sea of Marmara



HMS Ben-My-Chree Rescues Troops

Sep 02, 1915

HMS Ben-my-Chree helps to rescue Australian troops from HMT Southland after she had been torpedoed off Lemnos

HMS Ben-my-Chree rescues troops

Edit

Location: Mediterranean



East Indies And Egypt Seaplane Squadron Formed

Jan 1916

The East Indies and Egypt Seaplane Squadron is formed from:

  • HMS Anne
  • HMS Raven II
  • HMS Empress
  • HMS Ben-my-Chree

They are assigned with spotting for Ottoman troop movements in the Sinai which could endanger the Suez Canal.

Edit

Location: Egypt



SS Uganda Collides With HMS Ben-My-Chree

Feb 11, 1916

SS Uganda collided with HMS Ben-my-Chree causing damage to the ship's bow and forcing her to return to Suez for repairs

Edit

Location: Red Sea



Erskine Childers Returns to Britain

Apr 1916

Erskine Childers returns to Britain to take up a post at the Admiralty

Edit

Location: Britain



Erskine Childers joins Raf

Apr 1918

Erskine Childers was transferred into the newly created Royal Air Force

Edit

Location: Britain



Erskine Childers Leaves the Raf

Mar 10, 1919

Erskine Childers leaves the Royal Air Force

Edit

Location: Britain



Erskine Childers Arrested

Nov 10, 1922

Irish Free State forces arrest Erskine Childers during the Irish civil war

Edit

Location: Ireland



Eskine Childers is Sentenced

Nov 20, 1922

Eskine Childers is sentenced to death for being in possession of a pistol

Edit

Location: Ireland



Eskine Childers is Executed

Nov 24, 1922

Eskine Childers is executed by firing squad in Dublin. He made his son, the future president of the Republic of Ireland, promise to seek out and shake the hand of every man who signed his death sentence. His final words were to the firing squad: “Take a step or two forward, lads, it will be easier that way.”

Edit

Location: Ireland