British Army Deserters killed in Ireland

The IRA, with some grounds, eventually came to look upon British soldiers claiming to be deserters, as in fact being intelligence men. For this reason it became a less good idea as time progressed, for a Britsh soldier picked up by the IRA to claim to be a deserter.

By the same token, some deserters were shot by the IRA when all they were, were what they claimed to be .... deserters

In addition the British Army found it easier to write a man off as a deserter, rather than keep him on the battalions books as a "missing" man

There seems to have been little done by the British to pursue the fate of a great many missing men. There are a number of Irish references to correspondence between the Free State and Britain in MA DOD A/07304, Collins papers of missing A/0909, Mulcahy papers P7/B/21 which I have not examined. However The Year of the Disappearances reports that these papers show over 100 (26 of these soldiers were in Cork) men. Of these men, the Irish Government believed only 5 were real deserters

The overall desertion rate between 1914 and 1918 was 10.26 per 1000 men

Killarney deserters bodies never found

Charleville deserters bodies eventually recovered, but names unknown

Essex deserters at Bandon bodies never found

Clare Deserters bodies left on the road

Monaghan & Clarke

Gray joined Irish Free State Army

Cunningham, Jordy

Thompson, Alfred . Murdered an IRA officer while a deserter

There is a List of Deserters in Mountjoy

And a List of both Missing and unaccounted for Deserters drawn up from a variety of sources


British Soldiers died in Ireland