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The Field 24 September 1859

A True Sportsman Gone

We have to lament the death of Dr Poole of Clashmore, Co Waterford, who has been more familiarly known to our readers as ‘Long Tom’, and whose contributions to our columns have been often welcomed by them. A correspondent has forwarded us the following notes: ‘Your late correspondent ‘Long Tom’ was the eldest son of the late Walter Croker Poole, Esq., formerly a Lieutenant in the 88th Regiment (Connaught Rangers), with which he served through the Peninsula War, and was wounded at Toulouse.

Our late friend was brought up to the medical profession, and graduated at Trinity College, Dublin.  During the time the cholera raged in Ireland in 1832, whilst a student, he volunteered to assist in the discharge of the duties of the Sligo Hospital, the cholera raging in that district with fearful violence. In early life he suffered much disappointment, because circumstances prevented him getting into the army. He found a recompense, however, in his complete love of field sports of every kind and was a most devoted follower of Izaack Walton.  Since his father’s death some six years ago, he resided in his property near Clashmore.  He was an antiquarian and a member of the Archaeological Society in Kilkenny.  The property of our deceased friend goes to his only brother, Wellington Wellesley Waterloo Poole, surgeon and serving on the staff in India, and who had previously served in the Cape and Crimea’.

Dr Poole died after only a few days illness, in the prime of life, and sincerely lamented.   

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