RIC Constable Alfred V. G. Brock (aged 31) from London (Rosscarbery)
Date of incident: 28 Feb. 1921
Sources: CE, 2 March 1921; FJ, 2 March 1921; II, 4 March 1921; CCE, 5 March 1921; Weekly Summary of Outrages against the Police (CO 904/148-50, TNA); Military Inquests, WO 35/146A/60 (TNA); Abbott (2000), 204-5.
Note: Members of the Second Battalion of the West Cork Brigade under the leadership of Jim Hurley attacked a patrol of six RIC men when they were ‘on mess duty’ within about a hundred yards of the RIC barracks at Rosscarbery. See FJ, 2 March 1921; Abbott (2000), 204-5. A local newspaper reported that on 28 February 1921 Constable Brock ‘was walking past a butcher’s shop in the centre of Rosscarbery [when] he was fired at by civilians, said to have been in hiding close by, and dangerously wounded in the stomach’. He died early the following morning (1 March). Brock had taken ‘a prominent part in the recent sensational battle at Burgatia [House]’, where soldiers and police had almost trapped an IRA party planning an attack on the RIC barracks in Rosscarbery. See CCE, 5 March 1921. Brock had seven months of service with the RIC; he had previously been a soldier and a labourer.