Irish War of Independence centenary

26 February 1921

Constable Arthur Cane died after being fatally wounded at Coolavohig the previous day. He is buried in what was Cork military cemetery so presumably died in the military hospital.

Constable Charles Binion, a Canadian with almost a year in the RIC, died after falling from a lorry near Santry Post Office, Co. Dublin.

John Stapleton died in Thurles Workhouse infirmary of wounds received when he was shot by the Auxiliaries on 22nd February. Stapleton was almost certainly an IRA man from Drombane, who gave his name as Thomas Ryan when apprehended by the Auxies. Unfortunately Thomas Ryan was the name of the local IRA commanding officer. On the other hand Thomas Ryan is the Tipperary equivalent of John Smith. Anyway Stapleton actually did make a run for it, was shot but escaped. Peritonitis finished the work of the policeman’s bullet.

Bombs were thrown into the home of two Sinn Féin county councillors – Michael Finnigan and C. J. Kennedy, in Dunmore, Co. Galway. No fatalities it seems.

A letter was delivered to General Strickland in Cork from the IRA saying that they were holding Mrs Lindsay and James Clarke, that they been convicted of spying they would be shot if the five IRA men convicted of taking part in the Dripsey ambush were executed on Feb 28th . The letter was accompanied by a note from Mrs Lindsay asking him to spare the prisoners. Strickland and Macready decided against any cancellation of the executions.
 
27 February 1921

Captain Joe Taylor was killed by RIC men in his home in Glencar, Co. Kerry. Taylor was the CO of the local IRA company in Kerry No 2 Bde. He was arrested in the kitchen of his home at 8.30 having been out all night on IRA business. DI Michael McCaughey left the house and when he returned Taylor had been shot in the leg, ‘trying to escape’. The leg wound killed him. Taylor’s brother Seamus was killed in March 1923.

William Kelly died in Thurles Workhouse infirmary of wounds received when he was shot while drilling with a group of men in a field at Loughtagalla, Co. Tipperary

James Cronin was shot while digging a trench in a road near Castlegregory, Co. Kerry (RIC account) or was launching a boat (local account). Cronin was a member of the IRA.

Patrick Connellan died in the Workhouse hospital in Kildysart, Co. Clare of wounds received when he was shot when fleeing from a patrol of the Royal Scots earlier in the day.
 
I hope its OK to put this here, another link to the past
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Surprised His pink robe didn't raise more eyebrows.... :)
 
Anyway Stapleton actually did make a run for it, was shot but escaped. Peritonitis finished the work of the policeman’s bullet.
A bit of a double whammy. He obviously knew by this stage that he was likely to be 'shot while attempting to escape' so he decided to make a run for it and was 'shot while attempting to escape' thought he had got away with it but the Almighty decided in the favour of the Auxilliaries. It all sounds rather Irish.
 
A bit of a double whammy. He obviously knew by this stage that he was likely to be 'shot while attempting to escape' so he decided to make a run for it and was 'shot while attempting to escape' thought he had got away with it but the Almighty decided in the favour of the Auxilliaries. It all sounds rather Irish.
…rather Irish?
 
Never forget it was an Irishwoman who Shot Mussolini, if only her aim had been better
not so long after the war of independance, I often wondered whether the early struggles influenced her ?
How? It says she was Anglo-Irish and therefore was most likely a Prod. I know that some were nationalist like Countess Markievicz, but they were a small minority. I wonder why she was deported to England and not Ireland?
 
28 February 1921

Six IRA prisoners were executed by firing squad in Cork Military Prison. Five of them were men captured in the failed Dripsey Ambush at the end of January. The sixth was a Tipperary man who had been arrested separately in possession of a revolver and a training manual.

Sean Allen, age 24 from Tipperary town. Arrested 19 January 1921 and tried in Cork by court martial.

John Lyons, age 26 from Coachford, Co. Cork.

Timothy McCarthy, age 21 from Donoughmore, Co. Cork.

Thomas O'Brien, age 21 from Dripsey, Co. Cork. O’Brien was an ex-soldier in the South Irish Horse.

Daniel O'Callaghan, age 23 from Dripsey, Co. Cork.

Patrick O'Mahony, age 24 from Berrings, Co. Cork.

The bodies of the men executed in Cork Military Prison at this time were taken to Cork Men’s Prison for burial for some reason. The prison is now long gone and is part of University College Cork. The burial plot is still in existence as is a small memorial plaque on what was the wall of the prison.

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War Memorial in Cork, City Gaol, Cork City

In retaliation, the IRA shot a number of British soldiers at random in the streets of Cork that night. At least six men were killed

2nd Bn, Hampshire Regiment

5485484 Lance Corporal John Beattie. Killed on Infirmary Road at about 7pm. From Peverel, Hampshire, Beattie was 24 and had joined the army at the age of 14 in 1912. He had been wounded three times in the war. Buried Old Plymouth Cemetery.

5485394 Private Albert Whitear, aged 20, with six years service. Met George Bowden (see below) and was shot in Leycester’s Lane. Whitear staggered to a nearby house and was taken to Cork Military Hospital where he died the next day. He is buried in Wimbledon.

5485999 Private William Gill. Gill and Private Bettersworth went into a music shop on Patrick Street to buy a mouth-organ. Two men armed with revolvers ordered them outside and shot them on the street. Gill died immediately while Bettersworth survived his wounds. Gill, aged 20, had two years service. He is buried in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Royal Army Service Corps

M/16638 Corporal Leonard Hodnett, a Londoner, aged 20 with 18 months service. Hodnett was visiting his fiancée in Douglas Street. His fiancée’s brother wanted Hodnett to wear civilian clothes returning to barracks and neighbours warned him that he was in danger. Hodnett ignored the warnings and was accosted when he left the house. He is buried in Cork Military Cemetery.

19097 Private Thomas Wyse, 1155th Mechanised Transport Company. Wyse appears to have been a local man. He was shot in Hayes Lane and died in the Mercy Hospital.

Royal Engineers

Signaller George Bowden. Bowden, aged 20, had met his girlfriend and they stopped to talk to Albert Whitear in Leycester’s Lane. Two civilians approached, drew revolvers and shot the two soldiers. The girlfriend was hit in the leg. Bowden died immediately.
 
A bit of a double whammy. He obviously knew by this stage that he was likely to be 'shot while attempting to escape' so he decided to make a run for it and was 'shot while attempting to escape' thought he had got away with it but the Almighty decided in the favour of the Auxilliaries. It all sounds rather Irish.

A burst appendix sounds painful, are you suggesting he got what he deserved or that you can’t cheat fate.

your last line indicates just a hint of racism unless of course you intend to explain it away with a plausible explanation
 
A burst appendix sounds painful, are you suggesting he got what he deserved or that you can’t cheat fate.

your last line indicates just a hint of racism unless of course you intend to explain it away with a plausible explanation
Peritonitis is inflammation of the lining of the abdomen, often caused by a burst appendix, but any perforation of the intestines could cause it. Causes include perforation of the intestinal tract, pancreatitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, stomach ulcer, cirrhosis, or a ruptured appendix.

If' the man had been shot in the abdomen, peritonitis was a likely outcome in the absence of a surgeon and anti-biotics. It may state that on his death certificate. Cowboys in the old west had a particular fear of being gut shot, the outcome was usually slow, painful and inevitable.

PS It seems he'd been shot twice through the abdomen.
Peritonitis is stated as the cause of his death in 'The Dead of the Irish Revolution'.
 
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