Martin Burke, 87, a retired Washington bricklayer and mason who was born in Ireland and who fought in that Country's 1916 Easter Monday Rebellion against the British and in the guerrilla warfare that followed it, died of leukemia Wednesday at Georgetown University Hospital.
Born in Oranmore, County Galway, Mr. Burke was educated in the Christian Brothers schools there. He served as a member of the Galway Brigade of the Irish Volunteers, a citizen militia, and saw duty with the forces led by Patrick Henry Pearse, leader of the Easter Rebellion, and James Connolly, another Irish Republican leader.
Mr. Burke was subsequently jailed in England. In 1917, after the British granted a general amnesty to Irish political prisoners, he returned to Ireland and again fought in the Galway Brigade against the notorious "Black and Tans," British troops who had been recruited to put down the Irish rebels. He was decorated four times for his service.
In 1919, Mr. Burke moved to New Zealand. He came to the United States two years later and settled in Washington. He was a bricklayer and mason here for 50 years and was employed by Georgetown University Hospital before retiring in 1975.
A resident of Washington, he was a longtime member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, where he belonged to its Holy Name Society and took part in other activities.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Nora, of Washington; a son, John F., of Chevy Chase; two daughters, Ann B. Burke of Siler Spring, and Mary Brown of Sumner, Md., 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Vincent T. Lombardi Cancer Research Center, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, 20007.