|1870|| Robert Erskine Childers, second son of Robert Caesar Childers|
and Irish-born Anna Barton, born in London, 25 June.
Father dies of tuberculosis. Mother sent to sanitorium, where|
she dies in 1884. Five children are sent to Ireland to the guard-
ianship of an aunt and uncle.
|1883-93||Educated at Haileybury College and Trinity College, Cambridge.|
Joins the Cruising Club, on whose Committee he serves be-|
tween 1899 and 1901.
|1895-1910||Clerk in the House of Commons.|
Buys Vixen, boat on which Childers modelled Dulcibella, and|
travels the Frisian Sands with his brother Henry.
Serves in City Imperial Volunteer Battery of the Honourable|
Artillery Company during the Boer War.
Publishes In the Ranks of the C.I.V.: A Narrative and Diary of
Personal Experiences with the C.I.V. Battery (Honourable Artil-
lery Company) in South Africa.
Publishes The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service|
|1904||Marries Mary Alden Osgood.|
|1905||First son, Erskine, born.|
Resigns from the House of Commons to devote himself to Irish|
|War and the Arme Blanche published by Edward Arnold.|
Second son, Robert, born.|
The Framework of Home Rule and German Influence on
British Cavalry published by Edward Arnold.
Landed cargo of rifles from his own yacht purchased in Ger-|
many for Irish revolutionary volunteers.
Served in World War I in Royal Naval Air Service as intelli-
gence and aerial and reconnaisance officer.
|1915||The Riddle of the Sands published in America.|
|1919||Settles in Dublin.|