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Lot 1277/0217

Estimate: €750-1000

I.R.A. Casualty Reports: A most unusual collection of 47 Casualty Forms relating to members of the 2nd Southern Division killed in action or in custody, mostly 1920 -22, the printed forms with manuscript details of name, address, record of deceased, place and circumstances of death, nearest relative etc.
Includes Michael Condon ‘murdered by Free State troops whilst a prisoner in their hands’ 13.8.1922; Martin Clancy, ‘killed whilst attempting to escape from a house which was surrounded … while a battalion meeting was being held,’ 6.3.192; Michael Ryan, ‘taken out the day after being arrested and shot be members of the Free State Army,’ 14.12.22; Thomas Loughran of Thurles, ‘Deceased was in a friend’s house when a lorry of tans called … . deceased rushed from the house and while crossing the yard gate received a couple of bullets. He was taken to Thurles hospital where he expired in a few days or 30.’ (14 Dec. 1921); James Mc Carthy of Thurles, shot at his door by masked men, 20th March 1920; William Kelly of Thurles, shot dead when Tans opened fire on a Volunteer parade, 27.2.1921; etc. etc. Many of the forms appear to have been compiled retrospectively in 1923. As a coll. of documents, w.a.f.
* We have not previously seen casualty forms of this nature. A rare and unusual collection.(1)

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