Second Lieutenant Geoffrey Turner Hotblack

 

Second Lieutenant Geoffrey Turner Hotblack (aged 20) of the Essex Regiment (Crossbarry ambush)

Date of incident: 19 March 1921

Sources: Death Certificate, 22 March 1921; CE, 21, 22, 23 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); “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/hotblack/hotblack.html; http://www.cairogang.com/soldiers-killed/crossbarry-ambush/crossbarry.html (accessed 8 Aug. 2014).  

 

Note: Lieutenant Hotblack was a ruthless officer of the Essex Regiment who served under Major A. E. Percival in the Bandon area. He was mortally wounded while leading a pincer movement at Crossbarry. He died of his injuries on 22 March 1921 in the Cork Military Hospital. He was interred in the St John Sub Castro Churchyard at Lewes in East Sussex. Another British officer—Lieutenant A. F. Tower—was badly injured at Crossbarry and eventually died of his wounds on 9 June 1923. See Kautt (2010), 151. 


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