Apology for The Connaught Rangers mutineers

Apology for The Connaught Rangers mutineers

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Mary Kinsella started this petition to Boris Johnson (Prime Minister) and

100 years since Irish soldiers serving in the British army staged a mutiny in protest to the atrocities happening in Ireland.

The youngest soldier involved was executed by firing squad he was only twenty two years old !! 14 of the 61 men were given death sentences commuted to penal servitude including my grandfather, William Coote.

Having served their full sentences  they were eventually stripped of all medals and “discharged  with ignominy.”

We want an apology and restoration or reissue of medals and all military honours reinstated by the British Government

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In June 1920 members of the 1st Battalion Connaught Rangers, an Irish regiment in the British army, stationed at Jalandhar in the secluded Punjab region mounted a protest that would reverberate around the British Empire.

The British military authority had introduced a curfew in Dublin ( citizens were ordered to remain indoors and keep their houses in darkness until 6am.), on March 25, 1920, The Royal Irish Constabulary special reserve infamously better known as the Black and Tans were let loose on the Irish population.

The protest soon spread from Jalandhar to Solan a remote garrison in the Himalayan foothills.

The protesters were enraged by constant reports of brutality by British forces in Ireland. Their demands were simple and were delivered to a very startled Commanding Officer by Private James Daly, who echoing the demands of his fellow Rangers at Jalandhar stated that. “They had refused to soldier any longer until the last British soldier left Ireland“

The following day the peaceful protest at Solan took a decidedly more serious turn when 30 of the company, led by Private James Daly armed with bayonets attempted to retrieve their rifles from the armoury reports of the time say this escalation was due to the treatment they received from the commanding officer.

In three days, the mutiny was over, following a military trial, 61 men were convicted with 14 sentenced to death by firing squad. With the exception of James Daly, the death sentences would be commuted to penal servitude and eventual “discharge with ignominy.”

Private James Joseph Daly, regimental number 35025, was executed at Dagshal prison in Northern India at 6am on Nov 2, 1920.  Just one day after  Kevin Barry was hanged in Mountjoy Jail,  Dublin 

Ireland was Britain’s first colony and Indian nationalists were watching eagerly as the drama for Irish independence unfolded. The followers of Mahatma Gandhi interpreted the mutiny as an example of passive resistance . Ties were cemented between the respective independence movements resulting in the Indian constitution mirroring aspects of the Irish constitution.

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