N Coy ADRIC Meath
Owins is the man in uniform 3rd left standing, he only served in N Coy
Based originally in Dublin from its birth in Jan 3 1921, it moved to 1 Feb 1921 to Trim Industrial School where it stayed until demobilisation in Jan 1922. The bulk of N Coy men joined from 3rd Jan 1921 to 19 Jan 1921. List of men with dates of joining. The registers enable us to see that
- Company Commanders
- 11 Jan 1921 to 12 Feb 1921 A H Daniel Coy Commander. He was an an unallocated DI1 from 27 Dec 1920 to his appointment to command N Coy on 11 Jan 1921, but I think he was effectively the Coy Commander from the earlier date)
- 12 Feb 1921 to Jan 1922 HS Barber Company Commander and he appears to have held the position until demobilisation
- 2nd in Command
- 10 Nov 1920 to 10 Dec 1920 R Mountford Promoted DI2, until he reverts to DI3 in N Coy. He was later court martialed and gaoled for his part in Trim Looting. This was before N Coy had personnel, so the ADRIC must have decided against him for some reason.
- 7 Jan 1921 to 8 Feb 1921 RD Utting Promoted DI2 until he was posted to Depot Coy and is permitted to resign (he later re-joins)
- 10 Feb 1921 to 24 May 1921 H Bannerman DI2 until he went to R Coy as Coy Commander
- 4 Jun 1921 to Jan 1922 RD Utting returns to N Coy as DI2 and appears to hold the position until demobilisation of ADRIC
- Intelligence Officer
- 6 Jan 1921 to 6 Jun 1921 JDle Grove Reverts to T/Cadet, gaoled for his part in Trim Looting
- 6 Jun 1921 to 1 Oct 1921 WR McConnell
- 1 Oct 1921 to Jan 1922. RHW Ballantine
- 20 Mar 1921 to Jan 1922 J Williams He is given as Hon DI3 and Assistant Intelligence Officer. Presumably to cover for Le Grove who was either suspended or in gaol following Trim Looting
- CQM (section leader)
- 11 Jan 1921 to 12 Feb 1921 E Ross posted on to O Coy
- 12 Feb 1921 to 19 Mar 1921 CE Davies - stood trial for Trim Looting, but must have been cleared. He was on the charge sheet as "Quartermaster"
- 19 Mar 1921 to 30 Aug 1921 HW Hartwell
- 31 Aug 1921 to Jan 1922 C H Rawlings
- A/CQM (no rank)
- 11 Jan 1921 to 31 Aug 1921 C H Rawlings
- 31 Aug 1921 to Jan 1922 CJC Pound
- Transport Section Leader
- 26 Jan 1921 to 05 Mar 1921 Eddowes CFB Reverts to T/Cadet, gaoled for his part in Trim Looting
- 06 Mar to 06 Jun W Mylam gaoled for his part in Trim Looting
- 07 Jun 1921 to Jan 1922. R England
- Platoon Commanders
- 28 Aug 1920 to 27 Dec 1920 A H Daniel this was a holding promotion while the Company was set up.
- 28 Dec 1920 to 10 Feb 1921 H Bannerman Promoted 2nd in Command,
- 18 Sep 1920 to 10 Nov 1920 R Mountford Promoted 2nd in Command, but returned to Platoon Commander in a month
- 06 Jan 1921 to Jan 1922 S Clancy
- 01 Jan 1921 to 14 Feb 1921 CHJ Caudell Reverts to T/Cadet, gaoled for his part in Trim Looting
- 21 Feb 1921 to Jan 1922 WP McCaffrey
- 15 Oct 1921 to 09 Dec 1920 RD Utting Promoted 2nd in Command instead of Mountford,
- 10 Dec 1920 to 14 Feb 1921 R Mountford Reverts to T/Cadet, gaoled for his part in Trim Looting
- 21 Feb 1921 to 06 Jun 1921 LV Hughes Reverted to T/Cadet
- 25 Jun 1921 to Jan 1922 RB Parker
- Section Leaders
- 30 Jul 1920 to 15 Oct 1920. RD Utting Promoted Platoon Commander holding promotion
- 01 Oct 1920 to 28 Dec 1920 H Bannerman Promoted Platoon Commander. Holding promotion as Coy assembled
- 11 Sep 1920 to 06 Jan 1921 S Clancy Promoted Platoon Commander holding promotion
- 16 Dec 1920 to 1 Jan 1921 CHJ Caudell Promoted to Platoon Commander
- 6 Jan 1921 to 22 Feb 1921 HE Scoffield posted on to F Coy
- 18 Feb 1921 to Jan 1922 B Wood
- 24 Jan 1921 to 21 Feb 1921 LVHughes Promoted Platoon Commander
- 21 Feb 1921 to Jan 1922 S Oliver
- 24 Jan 1921 to 14 Feb 1921 A Richardson Reverts to T/Cadet, gaoled for his part in Trim Looting
- 18 Feb 1921 to 16 Jul 1921 R Steele resigned on 6 months service
- 17 Jul 1921 to Jan 1922 W. Watkins
- 19 Jan 1921 to Jan 1922 HP Tarrant
- 14 Jan 1921 to 12 Feb 1921 FL Treasure suspended, posted to Depot. Trim Looting
- 18 Feb 1921 to 14 Jan 1922 RH Costigan
- 20 Jan 1921 to 4 Jun 1921 RB Cox posted on to Q Coy
- 11 Jun 1921 to Jan 1922 RB Danks
- 24 Feb 1921 to Jan 1922 AE Cooper
- 04 Jan 1921 to 12 Feb1921 GWH Bird suspended, posted to Depot. Trim Looting
- 24 Feb 1921 to Jan 1922 J Bone
- 24 Jan 1921 to 06 Jul 1921 H Harrison medically unfit
- 06 Jul 1921 to Jan 1922 F Strange
- 19 Mar 1921 to 19 Jul 1921 LHP Norton posted on to Depot
- 17 Jul 1921 to Jan 1922 J.C.D. Hedley
- 18 Feb 1921 to 10 Oct 1921 EN Carter Posted to O Coy (could have been only to 27 Aug 1921)
- 18 Feb 1921 to 11 Jun 1921 JS Eason reverted to T/Cadet
1921 Jan. The men for N Coy were recruited between 3 and 19 Jan 1921. A H Daniel was Coy Commander, and RD Utting as 2nd in Command
1921 Jan 31. Inquest on death of Mrs Freeman in Barlow Terrace Raid. A detachment of N Coy carries out this raid.
1921 Feb 1. Freemans reports that 2 Auxiliaries arrived and immediately took over Trim Industrial School.. The children were moved to the Workhouse and ADRIC guards were immediately posted. 30 Auxiliaries arrived that day and more a few days later
1921 Feb 8 Leggatt AF wounded at Trim
1921 Feb 9. Trim looting affair took place. A large Auxiliary party took part in a raid on a grocer at Balbradagh, Trim, Co. Meath on the night of 9 February 1921. The police were searching for IRA ammunition, but Mr. and Mrs. Richard Chandler were Unionists. During the search, the Auxiliaries ransacked the store and began stealing from both the store and the living quarters above. They are also said to have mistreated Mrs. Chandler. The Chandlers claimed damages of £325, and 5 members of the raiding party came forward and reported the incident to Crozier. Crozier went to Trim and interrogated a number of Auxiliaries. 25 men (including 2 Section Leaders) were dismissed as "unsuitable for the RIC" . He held another five over under arrest for court martial (they were in fact convicted in Jun along with some extra men charged as a result of further inquiry).
Lt.-Gen.Tudor reinstated the 25 dismissed men because he was ‘unsatisfied’ by their treatment by Crozier, and it was over this action that Crozier resigned. The men dismissed were reinstated to O Coy on 16 Feb, and then "washed" through the books of other companies before reaching their final destination company of R Coy on 14 May. Of these men only 4 were tried by GCM, and only one of these 3 was convicted. A further 1 of them deserted and another never took up Tudor's offer of reinstatement.. So 22 men ended up as a group in R Coy, effectively forming one complete Platoon there.
The interesting thing is what happened next. The British appear to have an enquiry that reported on Apr 22, as a result of which most of the dismissed men were removed from suspension and reintegrated into ADRIC. However on this date, 22 Apr, men who had not previously been suspended were then suspended. Between men on suspension since 12 Feb and men added on 22 Apr 1921, the result was that
- The Coy Commander A H Daniel was immediately removed from command by Crozier. He resigned from ADRIC in 5 Apr 1921. Crozier said Daniel was not in Trim that night, but on duty with the Divisional Commander. However witnesses at the trial said he was in barracks that night
- Who was the 2nd in Command on the night is difficult to ascertain. RD Utting was 2nd in Command till 9th Feb (when he was permitted to resign, and rejoined 6 weeks later as a T/Cadet) and H Bannerman from 10th Feb (he held this position till 24 May, when he was promoted to DI1). I suspect RD Utting was in Trim on the night of 9th Feb and was removed on paper immediately for the sake of expediency by Crozier.
- The numbers indicate that only one section was involved, under S/Leader: Richardson A, and that 8 T/Cadets in his section were court martialed, and of these 3 were convicted. It was deemed that officers had to carry the responsibility for controlling their men
- 5 N Coy officers put under arrest by Crozier were later found guilty of looting by GCM. Of these Platoon Commander: Mountford R and Platoon Commander: Caudell CHJ were immediately arrested. I therefore suspect that they were both on the raid. The other two DI3s only suspended on 22 Apr, both were court martialed, Intelligence Officer: JDle Grove was convicted and Platoon Commander Clancy S was cleared
- Of 10 Section Leaders, 3 were initially under suspicion. Richardson A was arrested and eventually convicted. Treasure FL , Bird GWH were "dismissed unsuitable" on 15 Feb and then taken back and had their suspensions removed on 22 Apr.The evidence therefore is that it was Richardson's section which was at the heart of the looting. And that the other two sections under Treasure and Bird were on the patrol that night.
- Of the remaining 7 Section Leaders Eddowes CFB was later suspended and convicted on 7 Jun, Davies CE , Cox RB and Tarrant HP were later suspended, tried and cleared on 3 Jun, LVHughes reverted to T/Cadet on 6 Jun, and the other two Section Leaders Harrison H and Scoffield HE were never suspended or tried
- 3 men suspended in Feb and Apr were tried by GCM in Jun and found guilty Taylor FLW , Spencer T, Mylam W
- 5 men were tried by GCM in Jun and found not guilty Meredith AC , Drysdale SA , Brayshay WL , Smith MC , Johnstone NStC
- Reports in the newspapers said that 31 men were on the raid and that 5 had given information to Crozier about what had happened, and these men were "in fear of their lives"
- It is difficult to be sure who the 5 men were that supplied Crozier with evidence, but the circumstantial evidence points to Poe AP (permitted to resign 22 Feb), HE Scoffield (posted to F Coy 22 Feb) McCartney JRF (posted to A Coy 14 Feb)
The 5 senior men convicted were
Plus a number of Temp Cadets
There appears to have been a review of some sort on 22 April, as the original "unsuitable" men were taken off suspension, and a further group of 4 put on suspension for the first time JDle Grove, S Clancy, W Mylam, NStC Johnstone, HP Tarrant. Of these 5 new names 4 were convicted, with only S Clancy escaping punishment
- Spencer T,convicted by General Court Martial on 7 Jun 1922. 12 months hard labour
- Taylor FLW convicted by General Court Martial on 7 Jun 1922.
- Mylam W was court martialed and dismissed on 6 Jun 1921. He was not actually suspended until 22 Apr 1922. He was sentenced to 6 months in prison
- Johnstone NStC was put on suspension on 22 Apr, and not removed until he was permitted to resign on 16 Jul 1921
1921 Feb 12. Lt S Barber posted to N Coy as Company Commander. A H Daniel was posted back to Depot (effective 19 Feb 1921). Daniel "resigned at his own request" on 5 Apr 1921
1921 Feb 25 A T/Cadet at Trim seriously injured by accidental discharge of a revolver. VR Scott seems to have committed suicide.
1921 Apr. N Company, or maybe sections of it, transferred to Dublin from Trim
1922 Jan 14. From the date of discharge of N Coy men, this was when N Coy was disbanded.