James Joseph Daly (James Joseph Daly)

James Joseph Daly

Mutineer. The 1st Battalion of the Connaught Rangers was an Irish Regiment in the British Army.  In June 1920 they were stationed in India at Wellington Barracks in Jullundur. The mutiny was events in England and Ireland that was to cause the men to protest. Brother William Daly had indeed been active at the beginning of the protest but he had backed away from it within 24 hours. James Daly’s youth, his coolness under pressure, his assertive personality and his effective leadership all marked him out as a remarkable man: perhaps these characteristics also prompted him to take the lead in the protest at Solon. On the morning of June 28, 1920,  four men presented themselves at the guardroom and refused to continue serving as British soldiers as long as their own country was being terrorised by the Black and Tans. These were Joseph Hawes, Patrick Sweeney, Stephen Lally and Patrick Gogarty. About an hour later the remainder of the soldiers in the barracks were on parade. They had heard about the four in the guardroom. Twenty nine other soldiers broke ranks and followed him. As they arrived, a guard on duty dropped his weapon and joined them. The men who had played only a miner role in the mutiny, were given sentences of between one and three years and a few were acquitted. The remainder of those who had played a prominent role at Jullundur received sentences of between ten to fifteen years. Of those in Solon, Daly, Gleeson, Oliver, Kelly, Egan, Hynes and Fitztgerald received the death sentence. The others who had mutinied at Solon received long prison sentences. Of the fourteen death sentences, all but one, that of James Daly were commuted to prison sentences by the Commander in Chief six weeks later. On November 2, 1920 at 6 am James Daly, regimental number 35025. was led out of his cell and executed. (bio by: Shock) Cause of death: Firing squad

Born

  • January, 01, 1970
  • Ireland

Died

  • November, 11, 1920

Cause of Death

  • Firing squad

Cemetery

  • Tyrrellspass Cemetery
  • Ireland

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