by ehistoryadmin on August 27, 2016

Leinster Leader 30 September 1939



 The death took place on Saturday last (23rd September), at his residence, Lumville House, Curragh of Colonel Thos. G. Peacocke, C.I.E. C.V.O., Director of H. H. Aga Khan’s Sheshoon and Ballymanny Studs. Deceased took suddenly ill on Friday and passed away less than twenty-four hours later.

Col. Peacocke, who was 74 years of age, was a member of a well-known Limerick family. A fully qualified veterinary surgeon, he entered the British Army Veterinary Service as a comparatively young man, and had a distinguished army career. A considerable portion of his service was spent in India. On two occasions his valuable public services were recognised – being made Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire and Commander of Royal Victorian Order. He retired in 1919 with the rank of Colonel, and, returning to Ireland, went into residence at Lumville House, Curragh. At the time, the late Sir Henry Greer was Director of Sheshoon and Ballymanny Studs, and for some years Col. Peacocke acted as his assistant. On the death of Sir Henry, in 1934, Col. Peacocke was appointed Director, a post which he filled with conspicuous success until the day of his death. Deceased was an acknowledged expert in the principles and practice of race horse breeding. He was a well-known show ring adjudicator, and had acted in that capacity at R.D.S. Horse Shows.

For a man of his years, deceased was exceptionally active and energetic, and his sudden death came as a distinct shock to all who knew him. Of courteous and friendly disposition, he was extremely charitable and ever ready to help the poor and needy, whilst he shunned publicity. He took a keen interest in the British Legion movement, and for the past five years was President of the Newbridge Branch of that organisation.

At the request of the widow and relatives, the funeral (which took place to the New Cemetery, Newbridge, on Monday) was of a private nature, but there was a large attendance of those who knew him more intimately. Very Rev. L. Brophy, P.P., V.F., who was assisted by Rev. T. Hughes, C.C., officiated at the graveside. The chief mourners were – Mrs. C. Peacocke (widow), Jos. Peacocke (brother), Mrs. Cogan (sister), J. J. Cogan (brother-in-law).

There were numerous beautiful floral tributes, including wreaths from H.H. the Aga Khan, Mr. and Mrs. Waddington, Staff, Fitzroy House, Newmarket; Employees at Sheshoon and Ballymanny, Andrew Murray, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Rogers, Major and Mrs. Henry, Staff at Ballymanny, British Legion, Newbridge; Women’s Section, do.; T. and V. Griffin, Jim, Bob and Percy Griffin.

Amongst those present were – N. W. Waddington, (Assistant Director, Sheshoon And Ballymanny Studs); P. E. Burrell (Director, National Stud); Andrew Murray (Stud Groom, Sheshoon); J. Hayde, (Ballymanny); Capt. J. Vernon (Messrs. R. J. Goff & Co.); J. H. de Landre (do.); M. O’Connor (Messrs. O’Connor and Sons); Dr.. J. V. Roantree, T. H. Griffin, V.S.; R. Griffin, V.S.; R. Fetherstonhaugh, D. B. Brennan, Deo. Hannon, B. Gallivan, T. J. McCabe, M. Sheils (Hon. Sec., Newbridge British Legion); A. Cox (Vice Chairman, do.); J. Donnelly, John Mallick, R. R. Weller, J. T. Rogers, A. Dardis, R. Smyth, A Henry, P. Delaney, E. Quinn, A. J. Weller, N. Fitzsimons, W. Corbet, Mr. F.S. Myerscough, Major J. D. Barry.

Re-typed by Jennifer O’Connell

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