William Robert Caldbeck RIP

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Nothing as exciting or as lively as Dad and Sean Lemass in this shot from Mr. Poole. A gravestone of William Robert Caldbeck who died in early middle age in a well kept grave somewhere. Who was William and where was he buried?

With thanks to sharon.corbet, mcginley2012, and Niall McAuley we have answers to the key questions here. On the "where", it is confirmed that William Robert Caldbeck's gravestone is in Guilcagh Cemetery, about 2 miles south of Portlaw. On the "who", William himself was postmaster and shopkeeper in Portlaw, County Waterford, and was clearly much loved by his friends in the area - as they erected a fountain in his memory and which still stands in the town. On the "when", as the grave and gravestone look especially fresh, it seems likely that this dates from quite early in the proposed catalogue range....


Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: Catalogue range c.1901-1954. Likely early in range.

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 0579

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    sharon.corbet

    • 02/Aug/2018 07:40:43

    He was "a local postmaster, weighing scales operator and shopkeeper" in Portlaw, and had a memorial drinking fountain erected in his honour.

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    mcginley2012

    • 02/Aug/2018 07:42:42

    William's death is registered in the district of Portlaw, Carrick on Suir. He was the manager of a shop, cause of death albuminasia.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 02/Aug/2018 07:43:13

    The fountain was also photographed by Poole.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 02/Aug/2018 07:46:22

    He was buried in Guilcagh Cemetary (COI) near Portlaw.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Aug/2018 08:09:39

    GeoHive 25" map link to Guilcagh graveyard.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Aug/2018 08:17:23

    From [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet]'s Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives link, the gravestone looks the same today. Often there is a later interment and a newer inscription helping with the date range of the photo, but not here.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Aug/2018 08:19:13

    The grave looks very fresh if the date range is really 1901+, 14 years after he died? But perhaps someone replaced an earlier marker with this more permanent one at a later date.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Aug/2018 08:25:36

    76 Caldbecks in the 1901 census, majority CoI, but none in Waterford. Lots over the border in Kilkenny, many in Kilmanagh. Kilmanagh rings a bell for some reason, I believe we have seen a wedding picture involving people from there. Not Caldbecks, though.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 02/Aug/2018 10:10:04

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! Alas not the grave, but the fountain in Portlaw in 2012 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/7407192350/

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Aug/2018 23:41:37

    Thanks so much all. Interesting that a relatively young shopkeeper and postmaster was commemorated in this way. He and his death must have had a particular significance to his many friends!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 13/Aug/2020 13:02:40

    The square before 1887 when the fountain was erected; Mr Caldbeck's Post Office on the right - he might even be in the photo! https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/50209182508/

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 13/Aug/2020 15:33:34

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Well spotted!!!