The Men

The Men

Sunday, 19 January 2014

* Lieutenant Louis Barron

Louis Barron was born on Christmas Eve, in 1888.  He was a pupil at The High School, Harcourt Street, from 1899- 1905.  Some eleven years after he left the school, he was dead; listed as 'wounded and missing', killed in action on 19th July 1916.  But who was this man?  Some interesting information, compiled here might shed some light on his story.  

The Facts:

Lieutenant 10th Battalion Border Regiment (attached 2nd/6th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment)  They landed in France on 21 May 1916.

DATE OF DEATH 19th July 1916

Commonwealth War Dead
GRAVE REF.Panel 68 and 69
RESTING PLACE. Loos Memorial.
ADDITIONAL INFO:  Son of Esther Barron, of 38 South Circular Rd., Portobello, Dublin, and the late Hyman A Barron, A Solicitor.
SOURCE: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Some very interesting information carried out, with thanks, by researcher Johnny Doyle and featured on his blog,
'Looking at one of his 2 witness statements(regarding events during the Easter Rising of 1916) Seamus Kavanagh made reference to a Jewish officer by the name of Lt Barron. It would appear that Lt Barron was Lt Louis Barron, a Dublin solicitor from 38 South Circular Road who appears in the witness statements of 2 others :
Gerald Doyle (Most interesting to read how Lieutenant Barron offered to give some money to the arrested republican, who he had met previously in different circumstances)
Source: Here
Robert Barton (reference to ' Lt. Louis Barron, who was in charge of Richmond Barracks when the first prisoners were brought in...' during the 1916 Rising )
'Lt Barron's Medal Index Card shows that he entered France a short time afterwards, 28th June 1916. He appears to have been killed soon after this in July 1916 and is commemorated at The High School and Terenure Synagogue. The Medal Index Card indicates he was commissioned in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in November 1914, transferred to the Border Regiment and attached to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment at the time of his death.
He has no known grave but is a name that appears on the Fromelles list where the authorities are looking for DNA samples from relatives : Herald newspaper 
Western Front Association  
'Louis Barron (born on 24th December 1888) was the eldest of six children of Hyman Elias Barron, originally from Lithuania (1861-1915) and Esther Greenberg (1869-1948) from Russia. The family initially lived in Limerick where Louis was born. About 1893 the family moved to Dublin, where his father owned the Munster Furniture Co., at 24 Camden Street. He was a pupil at the High School. They lived on the South Circular Road. He was apprenticed to Michael Noyk, a well-known Republican Solicitor.'


  1. He is also commemorated in the memorial for solicitors at the Four Courts.

  2. He is also commemorated on the memorial to solicitors who died in the War at the Four Courts.

  3. He is also commemorated in the memorial for solicitors at the Four Courts.