Private Sidney Robert Cawley

 

Private Sidney Robert Cawley (aged 21) of the 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment (Crossbarry ambush)

Date of incident: 19 March 1921

Sources: Death Certificate, 20 March 1921; CE, 21, 22, 23 March 1921; Times, 21 March 1921; FJ, 22 March 1921; CC, 23 March 1921; CCE, 26 March 1921; Military Inquests, WO 35/152/75 (TNA); Peter Kearney’s WS 444, 5-9 (BMH); William Norris’s WS 595, 9-11 (BMH); William Desmond’s WS 832, 37-44, 48-49 (BMH); Michael Coleman’s WS 1254, 13-16 (BMH); William McCarthy’s WS 1255, 8-11 (BMH); Timothy Warren’s WS 1275, 14-15 (BMH); Timothy Keohane’s WS 1295, 9-11 (BMH); Daniel Holland’s WS 1341, 9-12 (BMH); Michael J. Crowley’s WS 1603, 18-20 (BMH); James Doyle’s WS 1640, 17-20 (BMH); Florence Begley’s WS 1771, 1-5 (BMH); Deasy (1973), 348-50; Rebel Cork’s FS, pp. 157-60; “The Irish Rebellion in the 6th Division Area,” Irish Sword, 27 (Spring 2010), 96; Kautt (2010), 138-48; irishmedals.org (accessed 28 July 2014); Commonwealth War Graves Commission; http://www.cairogang.com/soldiers-killed/list-1921.html; http://www.cairogang.com/soldiers-killed/crossbarry-ambush/crawley/crawley.html; http://www.cairogang.com/soldiers-killed/crossbarry-ambush/crossbarry.html (accessed 8 Aug. 2014). 

 

Note: Private Cawley was gravely wounded at Crossbarry and died of his injuries the next day in hospital. His father, an iron and steel erector from Chelmsford in Essex, identified the body. Cawley was interred in Chelmsford Cemetery in Essex with full military honours.


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