Hampshire Regiment band killed by IRA mine in Youghal, 1921

#OnThisDay 1921 Seven soldiers of the Hampshire Regiment band were killed when they marched over an IRA mine (electronically detonated) in the road on their way to the rifle range in Youghal, Cork. Three killed outright, four died later & over twenty wounded.
The 5.9 inch shell had been wired by a bomb maker, Tom Hyde, would would end up fighting in the Irish Brigade in Spain.
Once the fourth or fifth line of the band marched over the mine, it was detonated killing and wounding. The ambushers then opened fire before pulling back. In the crossfire, the local parish priest’s horse driver was caught and killed in the crossfire.

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