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Robert Erskine Childers 1870-1922

Born in London. He wrote The Riddle of the Sands in 1903, a book still in print. He became sympathetic to the Irish cause and brought guns to Ireland aboard his yacht, the Asgard. Despite this, he served in the Royal Navy during the First World War. He was elected to the Dáil in 1921 and was secretary to the Irish delegation during the Treaty negotiations. He was against the final settlement and was arrested for carrying a gun, given to him by Michael Collins. He was executed in Beggars Bush Barracks. He shook hands with each member of the firing squad and asked them to step forward to make the work easier. He is buried in Dublin.

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