An odd tale this.
In May 1921, two British soldiers who had been captured by the IRA near Charleville in Cork, executed and secretly buried. According to the British army they had deserted to join a travelling circus.
Remembering the War Dead. Fergus D’Arcy . 0n May 1921 two British soldiers from the Machine Gun Corps who had been captured by the I.R.A. near Charleville in Cork, executed and secretly buried – had according to the British Military deserted to join a travelling circus! They had been quartered in the RIC barracks and had become friendly with local girls. It was on returning from a visit to the girls that they were kidnapped one night. D'Arcy goes on to say that they were shot and buried two miles from Charleville, and that their bodies were discovered accidentally by a local farmer in 1951 and reburied without names in the grounds of Charleville Holy Cross Cemetery Extension, and a headstone put there for them in 1953
D'Arcy (p50 if you have the book) says that they were re-interred in this graveyard, and that the find had been reported to CWGC. I am unclear if the CWGC supports this grave and it has no names, or whether the tombstone is one supplied locally
Either way it would appear that the names of the 2 MGC men are not known. I have put a post on Rootschat to see if I can find anyone locally to look for the grave in Charleville, but have not had a taker so far.
Can anyone help here with a photo of the nameless grave. or any more info on these men