Civilian Arthur Gloster (aged about 54) of St Brigid’s Street, off Barrack Street, Cork (South Gate Bridge, Cork city)
Date of incident: 25 March 1922
Sources: Death Certificate (Cork Urban District, Union of Cork); 25 March 1922; CE, 27, 28, 29 March, 14 June 1922, 24 March 1923; CWN, 1 April 1922; SS, 1 April 1922; Abbott (2000), 293; Keane (2017), 284-85, 415.
Note: An ex-sergeant of the RIC and a native of Farranfore, Co. Kerry, Arthur Gloster was returning from Cork city centre to his residence at Elizabeth Fort on Barrack Street on 25 March when he was attacked and killed by a number of armed men on the South Gate Bridge in Cork. He was shot once in the head, several times in the back, and at least three times in the abdomen. Death was instantaneous. A funeral service was held at St Finbarr’s Cathedral. Before his retirement from the force two years earlier, Gloster had long been in charge of the College Road RIC station in Cork. The chief of the Irish Republican Police (named Denis Barry) issued a statement insisting that the IRA had had nothing to do with the killing and condemned it ‘as strongly as anyone else’. See Death Certificate (Cork Urban District, Union of Cork), 25 March 1922; CE, 27, 28, 29 March 1922; CWN, 1 April 1922; SS, 1 April 1922.
When the application of Gloster’s family for compensation was heard, the judgement was that although no assailants had been identified, the dominant motive of the attack was likely to have been Gloster’s previous RIC service, ‘given the epidemic of slaughter of these ex-policemen and ex-soldiers’ all around the country. His widow and three of his daughters were collectively awarded £3,200. See CE, 14 June 1922.
In 1911 Arthur Gloster and his wife Eleanor Mary were the parents of four children (two sons and two daughters), ranging in age from 3 to 14. These four children co-resided with their parents at 7 St Brigid’s Street in Cork city. At that time Arthur Gloster (then aged 43) was serving as a sergeant in the RIC. While he was a native of County Kerry (as previously noted), his wife was a native of County Tipperary. Their four children were all natives of County Cork. The six members of the Gloster family were adherents of the Church of Ireland.