These men in the Connaught Rangers had put their lives on the line for the army to which they signed up, and the punishment that they got for this "skirmish" was above and way beyond the boundaries of humankind. About your personal hero: Was he awarded the DSO for nearly massacreing unarmed men? Poor fellow, he nearly brought the whole British army to round up a couple of hundred Irish lads (and a few Englishmen) who were sitting around the camp having a sing-song! I think you should align yourself with an Irishman called Major R. L. "Johnny" Payne, from Cork, who nearly mowed down the Connaughts, only for the intervention of a Catholic priest, Fr. Levin, and the arrival of a Colonel Jackson, who told Payne: "Who gave you orders to do this. Get out of here and take those men (South Wales Borderers) with you." About your hero's concept of a soldier's honour: "I wonder did he investigate why the Connaughts acted the way they did and for what reason, and did he investigate the murderous brutality that the Black and Tans vented on the people in Ireland. I think not.
obviously the Connaught Rangers is a subject close to your heart, but, in all fairness, your referenced "skirmish" was a
mutiny, under the Queens Regulations in the British Army of the day,
(as there was no soldiers representative body, then as the Irish Army and other modern
Army of today have, also in matters of politic and foreign policy, soldiers of any country still have very little say,
they are paid to perform as directed.)
From my memory of reading the book by T.P. Kilfeather,
the one man who paid the ultimate price, for his transgression was sentenced to death when
along with fellow comrades at Solan on the Kalka-Simla railway (Punjab) where two Connaught Ranger emissaries were
subsequently arrested, and whereupon a small number of the Connaught Rangers tried to rush the armoury,
during the attempt he shouted out his name and the words, "you will remember me!"
These men in the Connaught's, had signed up for service in the British Army,
and ultimately were giving their allegiance to the Queen, it was not their job to play politics.
And as for nearly mowing down the Connaught's, is not quite the same as, mowing down the Connaught's.
Nor was it Major R. L. "Johnny" Payne's job to investigate what was done by the Black and Tans.
Nobody here is disputing the fact that terrible things were done in Ireland in the past, by all sides involved.