The Men

The Men

Sunday, 19 January 2014

* Lieutenant Lee Samuel Tolerton

Samuel Lee Tolerton was born on January 19, 1891, in Dungannon, Northern Ireland. He had one brother. He died on August 15, 1915, in Gelibolu, Turkey, killed in the attack along Kiretch Tepe Sirt, at the age of 24. He was one of the dozen pupils from The High School Dublin who died in Gallipoli.  Tolerton is commemorated on The High School Dublin Great War Memorial, and also on Dungannon War Memorial, County Tyrone.

In 1901 Samuel Lee Tolerton, age 9 and Robert Hill Tolerton, age 13, were pupils at what appears to be a school at William Street, Waterford, (Newton Boarding School in Dunmore Road), while his mother lived alone, with two servants in a house, number 188, on Great Brunswick Street, Dublin. However, between 1908 and 1909, her youngest son, Samuel, named after his father, was attending The High School, Dublin, then at Harcourt Street.

Samuel was surrounded by very driven, successful people in his life, and should he have lived 
List of  6th Royal Irish Fusiliers
officers wounded and killed at
Gallipoli, Turkey. 
longer, who knows what he himself would have achieved. Samuel's name is on the Solicitors Memorial, at The Four Courts, Dublin, so he was either studying law, or was a solicitor, at the time of his death.

His elder brother by four years, with whom he shared accommodation before the war, was Lieutneant-Colonel Sir Robert Hill Tolerton CB CBE DSO MC, born in 1887 in Co. Tyrone, Ireland and was also educated at Trinity College, Dublin.  During the First World War, Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Tolerton spent long periods on active service in the trenches, taking part in most of the actions in which his Battalion was involved, presumably as a company commander. In June 1918, he assumed command of the Battalion. He was awarded a Military Cross and the Distinguished Service Order (DSO).
Sir Robert enjoyed a distinguished career, holding many important position in various government ministries.   He was knighted in 1947.  In 1931 he married Sarah Elizabeth Burnet of Bare, Lancashire; they had no children.  He died in 1956 and with him the Tolerton name. He was the last of his line.  A large collection of his letters to his wife, over 600 in total, are kept at the Imperial War Museum.

Anti-Slavery Convention 1840
featuring Tolerton's uncle
Richard Allen.  Photo: Source
Samuel's maternal uncle, Mr Richard Allen (1803–1886), was the famed Dublin philanthropist, abolitionist and orthodox Quaker, who raised £20,000 to help the Irish famine by writing letters to America.  His business was in textiles but his interests lay in reform, temperance and the abolition of slavery.  In 1837, Allen was one of three founding members and secretary of the Hibernian Antislavery Association
Souce: Wikipedia

Samuel's mother was Secretary of the Philanthropic Reform Association, and in 1898 wrote a piece entitled, “The Views of a Dublin Lady”, on the poverty that she witnessed first-hand, in the slums of Dublin. She was herself widowed and died in June, 1911, aged 44.

Limerick Chronicle, September, 1915.
Lieutenant Lee Tolerton, 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers, who was previously reported wounded, is now reported killed at the Dardanelles. Lieutenant Tolerton was appointed to the rank of Lieutenant on February 1st, 1915. He was the younger son of the late Mrs Tolerton, Secretary to the Philanthropic Reform Association, Dublin..

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