Good point. This could deviate into an entirely separate thread.not just for the British Empire
A very interesting film with an unfortunate choice of name for the lead character (played by Victor McLaglen):
The RIC barracks where Constable Duddy was based is still there and latterly became a Garda station before closing:3 March 1921
Constable Joseph Duddy was killed in an ambush in Co. Waterford. From Co. Armagh, Duddy was stationed in Ballyduff, having joined the RIC in November 1920. He had served in the RASC and RE during the war.
An online chronology mentions two ambushes, the one in which Duddy died at Scartnacrooks and another at Mocollop in which an unnamed policeman died. They appear to be the same ambush.
Francis Elliott was shot and killed by the IRA as a spy. Elliott answered the door at night to two men dressed like policemen, looking for the road to Athlone. Elliott went with them and his body was found the following morning with the usual note attached. He was probably shot simply for being an ex-serviceman.
I had never heard of a brigadier-general being killed in the Irish War of Independence.5 March 1921
The Clonbanin Ambush in Co. Cork resulted in the deaths of four soldiers. The ambushing party consisted of about 100 men from Newmarket Battalion Column, under Sean Moylan, a section of the Kerry No. 2 Brigade Column, under Tom McEllistrim, a section of the Charleville Battalion Column, under Paddy O'Brien and the Millstreet Battalion Column under Con Meany. The military convoy consisted of three lorries, an armoured car and a touring car escorting Brigadier-General Hanway Cumming DSO.
In the initial firing the drivers of one of the lorries and the armoured car were wounded with both vehicles crashing. The MG of the armoured car could not be trained on the attackers. When the armoured car was taken out of the ditch after some time, it was sent for reinforcements and the IRA withdrew. Major Charles Congreve was awarded the OBE for his actions during the ambush.
The dead were;
Brigadier-General Hanway Cumming DSO, age 53 from London. Cumming began his career in the Durham Light Infantry.
Lieutenant Harold de Maligny, RASC, age 33 from Croydon.
3378394 Private Harold Turner, East Lancashire Regiment. Age 22 and from Manchester.
3379257 Private William Walker, East Lancashire Regiment. Age 18 and from Lewisham, Kent.
In Tipperary, IRA men Tom Lee and Patrick Ryan were sleeping in a barn at Coffey’s farm near Fethard. The farm was raided by the police, with the two men escaping. They split up but Lee was shot and fatally wounded as he crossed a road making his way towards Cashel.
Second Lieutenant Eric Wilson, 1st Bn, Bedfordshire Regiment. A patrol led by Wilson was ambushed in Roscommon on 3rd March. Wilson was wounded and died on the 5th. He was 24 years old and from Bedford. He had been wounded twice during the war.
Jeremiah O’Mahony was accidentally shot dead by a comrade while trenching a road near Dunmanway, Co. Cork.
I remember reading that the Irish members of the International Brigade in Spain refused to serve as part of the British battalion preferring instead to join the American Abraham Lincoln battalion. This was not merely a case of non-fraternal bigotry but because they didn't wish to serve with former "Black and Tans", I see from the link that this is confirmed and that Nathan was one of the "Tans" in question (yeah I know he was an Auxie).
The only other member of the ADRIC to serve in the Spanish civil war in the British battalion of the International Brigade was Wilfred Maccartney. Both served alongside Frank Ryan.I remember reading that the Irish members of the International Brigade in Spain refused to serve as part of the British battalion preferring instead to join the American Abraham Lincoln battalion. This was not merely a case of non-fraternal bigotry but because they didn't wish to serve with former "Black and Tans", I see from the link that this is confirmed and that Nathan was one of the "Tans" in question (yeah I know he was an Auxie).
Nathan said he was a Jew so he was a natural anti-fascist, which I am sure must have been a great comfort (had they known) to the O'Callaghan and Clancy families.