In the last line about two young women in Portmagee.3 July 1920
Head Constable Samuel Perrott died of injuries received during a riot in Belfast on 27 June when he was struck on the head by a stone. A native of Bandon, Co Cork, he was aged 49, married with six children.
89422 Sgt William Penson-Harris, 21st Bde, Royal Field Artillery, died in the Military Hospital in Fermoy, Co. Cork. Penson-Harris had been in charge of a patrol on Rathealy Road in Fermoy at about 12:30 a.m. on 28 June. Driver F. W. Geldart, asked him for the time, and while getting a watch out of his trousers pocket a Verey pistol Penson-Harris was carrying in his belt went off. Penson-Harris suffered severe burns to his left thigh for which he delayed seeking medical treatment. The injury turned septic and ultimately proved fatal. Penson-Harris is buried at Great Rollright in Oxfordshire.
In Wexford, the trial of seven men for the murder of Ellen Morris, The Ballagh, during an IRA arms raid began. Only 52 of the 100 summoned jurors attended, the judge noting it might be difficult to form a jury. John Lacey, who confessed to shooting Mrs. Morris by accident had his plea of guilty to manslaughter accepted by the judge. The court was subject to heavy security with the Army mounting a machine gun of the roof of the courthouse.
Incidents of the IRA cutting young women's hair off were growing with reported cases near Tralee and in Portmagee. In the latter two young women had their hair sheared in for being on friendly terms with policemen.
My Farther was neighbors, and knew the Family very well, the two women were sisters ( I will not mention their names) They were on "friendly" terms with British soldiers not policemen. The policeman assigned to the village Constable Murphy, was sympathetic towards the IRA. He helped to safe the life of my granduncle who was a officer in the IRA, when he was captured by the British army. They were planning on shooting my grand uncle, their excuse was to be "he tried to escape"