EX- US Merchant Marine & Royal Navy Sailor Executed by National Army in Irish Civil War 1923

#OnThisDay 1923 Michael Fitzgerald was executed by the Free State Army for possession of a weapon. Fitzgerald, from Youghal, had been a Quartermaster in the US Merchant Marine & served in the Royal Navy during #WW1. He also had a 1917-1923 Service Medal for his time in the IRA. Despite this his mother’s claim for his pension in 1953 & 1960 were refused as they claimed he was not a member of the Pre-Truce IRA. 

#Ireland #History

US Merchant Marine

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