As we enter the decade of commemoration, the centenary of the period 1912-23, arguably the most important in the state, this column will provide an insight into how Edenderry & environs was affected. From the First World War to the War of Independence these miscellaneous accounts aim to provide an insight into all that was occurring at the time.
Capt S. Rait Kerr RFA who fell on 13 May 1915 was 27 years old and was the eldest surviving son of Mr Rait Kerr, Rathmoyle, Rhode. He was educated at Rugby and the Royal Military Academy Woolwich, 2nd Lieutenant in the RFA in December 1907, lieutenant in Dec 1910, Capt in November last. Served in South Africa, India and was on home leave when the war broke out. Went to the front with the G battery RHA in early November 1914 and put in charge of a Howitzer battery in April. His eldest brother Capt William Charles Rait Kerr D.S.O RFA was killed at Ypres on 10 November 1914.
Severing links with Britain
On 20 October 1920 Edenderry district council and the board of guardians severed all connections with the British government. From now on all minutes of the Edenderry Poor Law Union are to be sent to Dail Eireann. At the meeting of the Edenderry Union were Liam De Burca in the chair, R McCann, T O’Connor, S Hickey, H Whelan, P Ennis, J Mangan, L Allen, D Callan and J O’Neill. Severing connections they stated that 'we hereby sever all connections with the British government and recognise only departments of Dail Eireann'.