#OnThisDay 1864 Sir Henry Wilson was born in Longford. Wilson, a Boer War & WW1 verteran & at one stage the professional head of the British Army, wrote that ‘a little bloodletting” was needed in Ireland. In 1922 Wilson was assassinated in London by two IRA men. There have been controversy ever since over whether this assassination was approved by Collins or not. Either way, his death sparked the shelling of the Four Courts and the Irish Civil War.