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Ref No IE TCD MS 11670
Title Patrick O'Daly's prisoner-of-war autograph book
Creation Dates 1917-1918
Extent And Medium 1 vol
Level Of Description Collection
Author O'Daly, Patrick
Admin Biographical History Patrick Daly (7/2/1877 - 1942), born Drimoleague, Co. Cork, one of two children of Denis Daly (1837-1895) and Ellen (nee Sullivan) and one of 16 grandchildren of John Daly (1792-1882) and Ellen (nee Wholey). Emigrated to England (settled in Brentford, West London); changed surname from Daly to O'Daly. In 1913 he married Mary Martin (1885- ?1952-1957). Children : Patrick Brendan ('Brendan') - (1914-1957), a Catholic priest; Sheila Ellen Brigid (13/4/1916 - 27/7/1993); Kieran John Joseph (20/2/1919 - 1985. O'Daly was employed in Royal Botanic Gardens Kew at the outbreak of WWI ('in the arboretum since 1896'). A devout Catholic and socialist, he was incarcerated in Dartmoor Prison, Devon, as a conscientious objector .


Scope And Content The book was presented to TCD to return it to the country of birth of the compliler and to advance the message of pacifism which led to Patrick O'Daly's being incarcerated. A transcript made by the donor is attached below.

There are Irish sympathies evident in some of the contributions: Bram Langstaffe (fol 3v-4r) references the 'Easter Rising'; fol 22r has a pencil sketch of James Connolly by John Diamond.

In many cases the contributors left their full names and home addresses, together with details of previous places of incarceration. The contributors came from various walks of life, and the contributions vary significantly in length and content. Among the artwork is a painting entitled 'two bridges' by F.W. Pullinger (fol 27r) and an ink sketch by W. Stanton, entitled 'For valor' showing injured military survivors of war, seeking alms, and being ignored by well-dressed passers-by (fol 32 r). There is also a sepia-wash portrait of a child by Henry P. F. Farmer (fol 33r).

Other signatories:
Gerry Mottram; A. Stephens; George Thomas; B.Sykes; Bert Stevenson; Harry Worgan; A.G.Melhuish; C.R.Koop (with a sketch of a man's head); Dan Griffiths; Horace Shipp; Frank Doran; C. H.Norman; Cyril H.Bird; J.P.Hughes; Percy Wynne Jones; George Butt; Hugh S. Jones; Philip H.Sleep; Claughton Pellew-Harvey [b.1890, artist]; Dorian Auguste Herbert (with a pencil sketch of an altar in a church); Turner Coupe; Alex H. Gardner. J. Walsh. Cecil Templeman; Fred A. Osborne; ?Menel Pearson.

Use this link to access the digitised version of the IE TCD MS 11670 in the Library's Digital Collections repository: https://doi.org/10.48495/gf06gb38m


MS 11670a: The autograph book is accompanied by some photographs and some letters.
/1: Photograph (possibly 1910, but may be older) allegedly taken at the start of a march to Parliament to lobby about the working conditions of staff at Kew Gardens.
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/2: Full-length photo of Patrick O'Daly
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/3: Photograph of O'Daly with his two young sons.
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/4-5: 2 ts letters from W. Watson, Curator at Kew. One is a copy of a letter, undated, to the Director [of Kew] expressing the wish that O'Daly be kept on in Kew despite 'being unfortunately stubborn on the matter of militarism'; one to O'Daly (10 July 1916).
Use this link to access the digitised version of IE TCD MS 11670a/4 in the Library's Digital Collections repository: https://doi.org/10.48495/fj236943v
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/6: Letter from E. Pressmall, Lt. Colonel of General Staff, Headquarters Canadian [Field Comforts Commission], Shorncliffe, 18 July 21916, deeply critical of O'Daly's 'extraordinary view of military matters'.
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/7; P. O'Daly's certificate of discharge March 1920.
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Document MS11670_transcript.pdf
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