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28 June 1920: Irish soldiers in India engaged in a Mutiny on this day.

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Apologies meant to post this yesterday on the 100th anniversary of these brave men taking a stand against British misrule in Ireland.

28 June 1920: Irish soldiers in India engaged in a Mutiny on this day. Five men from C Company, 1st battalion Connaught Rangers, refused to take orders from their officers, declaring their intent not to serve the King until the British forces left Ireland. They were disturbed by reports reaching them from home that members of the Crown Forces in Ireland were committing atrocities. The news quickly spread amongst the other outposts of the Rangers in the Punjab and rumours were rife that these five men had been summarily executed. This in turn triggered more a serious incident some days later at Solan.

At the barracks there Private James Daly and 70 other Rangers attacked the armoury. However it was successfully defended and Privates Smyth and Sears were shot dead. In total, nearly 400 men had joined the mutiny. 88 men were court martialled in the aftermath, 14 were sentenced to death and the rest given up to 15 years in jail. James Daly was executed on November 2nd 1920. Privates Sears and Smyth were buried at Solan; Daly and John Miranda (who died in prison of harsh treatment) were buried at the Dagshai graveyard. In 1970 the remains of Daly Smith and Sears were returned to Ireland for reburial.

They were repatriated to Ireland by The National Graves Association and given a military funeral with full honours. A special monument in their honour was erected at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.
 
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I am sure Teilifis Eireann shot footage of the reinterment of Daly, but I cannot find any on line.

There is an interesting article on line about the repatriation, by a man called Gibney of the Royal Irish Academy
Thanks - do you have a link?
 

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For technical reasons I cannot link.
But you'll find it easily. Its called the Second Funeral of James Daly, and at ria.ie author one John Gibney.

While looking it up I noticed History Ireland had an online discussion, chaired by Tommy Graham. You should find that easily too.
Haven't had a chance to listen yet but I would expect it to be worthwhile.

A good internet sleuth should be able to find footage, unless TE destroyed it.

Daly was only 20. What a brave young man.
Dump the Black Lives Trash, put up a huge monument to Daly somewhere.
 
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