- Dr. Eunan O’Halpin, Professor of Contemporary Irish History, Trinity College (Grandnephew of Kevin Barry).
- Dr. Mario Draper, Professor of Modern History, Kent University.
- Danny Tiernan, Connaught Rangers, Historian, Boyle, Co. Rosommon.
The Connaught Rangers Mutiny in India 1920
The Connaught Rangers were a regiment in the British army and were based in Wellington barracks Jalandhar in the Punjab India
When the news of martial law in Ireland and the reprisals by the Black and Tans reached them they protested by refusing to obey orders.
The protest spread to Solan, a military outpost near the Tibetan border, and the Rangers there led by Private James Daly, protested by grounding arms and refusing to obey orders
In August 88 mutineers were court- martialled at army headquarters at Simla seventy seven were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment, 10 were acquitted, 14 were sentenced to death, 13 had had their sentences commuted to life in prison and some were given up to 20 years penal servitude.
Private James Daly, spokesperson for the Rangers in Salon, was executed by firing squad on November 2nd. 1920 and was the last member of the British forces to be executed for mutiny.
The Rangers were returned to England to serve the remainder of their sentences
After a number of weeks they were removed to prisons around England.
The Connaught Ranger mutineers were released on January 2nd. 1923 following an amnesty as part of the signing of the Anglo Irish Treaty.
They returned to Ireland and became Ireland’s forgotten hero’s with families and communities seldom knowing all of the hardship they endured
In 1970 the remains of James Daly Peter Sears and Patrick Smyth were repatriated to Ireland
James Daly was buried in Tyrrellspass Co Westmeath. Patrick Symth and Peter Sears are buried in Glasnevin cemetery Dublin.