Civilian Richard Arthur


Civilian Richard Arthur (aged about 41) of St Luke’s Road, Cork city (Upton train ambush)

Date of incident: 15 Feb. 1921

Sources: CE, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21 Feb., 31 March 1921; CC, 16 Feb., 31 March 1921; FJ, 16 Feb., 3 June 1921; CCE, 19, 26 Feb. 1921; IT, 21 Feb. 1921, 31 March 1921; CWN, 26 Feb. 1921; Florence O’Donoghue Papers, MS 31,301/1, 3 (NLI); Military Inquests, WO 35/159B/12 (TNA); Malicious Injury Claims, Box 16/76, Cork County Secretary Files (CCCA); Frank Neville’s WS 443, 12-14 (BMH); Deasy (1973), 222-23;–-the-upton-ambush-february-15-1921/#.U-2IrBbOTHg (accessed 14 Aug. 2014).


Note: A ticket checker for the Cork, Bandon, and South Coast Railway, Arthur was one of eight civilians who were killed or died of their wounds in the Upton train ambush on 15 February 1921. While he was receiving treatment for his wounds at the South Infirmary, his leg became gangrenous and had to be amputated. He nevertheless died of his injuries on 19 February. He was said to be the second railway official to die. A Church of Ireland Protestant and County Tipperary native aged about 41, he left a wife and children. See CE, 19, 21 Feb. 1921. In reporting his death, the Cork Examiner of 21 February observed that Arthur ‘was popular throughout West Cork, where he was well known, he having been employed by the railway company for a period extending over 20 years’. 


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