Civilian Henry Fitzgerald

 

Civilian Henry Fitzgerald of Ballyshehan near Mallow (near Killavullen, about 6 miles east of Mallow)

Date of incident: 28 May 1921 (ex-soldier killed as suspected spy by IRA)

Sources: FJ, 30 May 1921; CE, 31 May, 17 June 1921; CCE, 4 June 1921; II, 7 Oct. 1921; RIC County Inspector’s Monthly Report, Cork City and East Riding, May 1921 (CO 904/115, TNA); Register of Compensation Commission (Ireland) Cases of Private Persons (CO 905/15, TNA); Thomas Barry’s WS 430, 27, 33 (BMH).

 

Note: An ex-soldier, Henry Fitzgerald was badly wounded in the IRA’s effort to execute his brother Thomas and himself. He survived only long enough to provide certain details of the attack before succumbing to his wounds. The Fitzgeralds were Catholic. The name of Henry Fitzgerald appears in the Compensation Commission Register under 28 May 1921, with the notation that British liability was accepted, and with a note that £350 was awarded (to his mother). See Register of Compensation Commission (Ireland) Cases of Private Persons (CO 905/15, TNA). A police report on the deaths of Henry and Thomas Fitzgerald as suspected spies implies that they had not been providing information to the RIC at least. See RIC County Inspector’s Monthly Report, Cork City and East Riding, May 1921 (CO 904/115, TNA).


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