#OnThisDay 1921 Four British soldiers were executed at Ellis Quay, Cork. This was in retaliation for the murder of 20 year old Vol. Denis Spriggs by British Lieutenant d’Ydewalle, who had killed prisoners before. It was ordered by IRA Captain Dan Hallinan, who knew Spriggs, personally. Certain viewpoints had the four British soldiers kidnapped after buying sweets in a shop but in reality, they had come from a pub celebrating the forthcoming Truce and were picked up by the local IRA and shot in response to Spriggs’ death.
The Truce came into effect the next day.