You may have some of this information already but just in case.
Major G. L. Compton-Smith served with the Royal Welch Fusiliers in France during the First World War. He commanded 10th Royal Welch Fusiliers at the first battle for the Scarpe, 1917 and was twice wounded. He received the DSO and French Legion of Honour.
After the war he served with the 2nd Royal Welch Fusiliers in Ireland where in April 1921 while on his way to Blarney Castle he was taken hostage from the train and after being held hostage for some days he was shot in retaliation for the execution of 4 prisoners at Victoria Barracks, Cork (Now Collins Barracks). Before he was executed he wrote a letter to his wife which was placed inside his cigarette case and later given to his family, these items are at The Royal Welsh Fusiliers Regimental Museum.
Maj Compton-Smith's body was buried in a nearby field and was not discovered until February or March 1925, the remains were taken to Collins Barracks where negotiations between his family and army command went on for some time before finally on March the 25 after the family (for some reason) turned down the opportunity to take the body back to England, Maj Compton-Smith's remains were escorted to the quayside from Collins Barracks by a parade of non-commissioned officers where he was then taken by Navy launch to Fort Carlisle in Cork Harbor (now Fort Davis) and was buried with full military honours in the military cemetery near the fort.
I have some recent photos of the grave if you would like to see them, I don't recognise the cross at this stage but but i will check what i have.
Thank you for this. My grandmother and grandfather were living at Trabolgan House at the time Compton-Smith's body was discovered and my grandmother always maintained he was discovered in a bog. However, that was her recollection, his discovery made quite an impression at the time as did the distruction of his grave. Especially as he had been such an honourable man. She was doubly concerned as my grandfather was at Fort Carlisle at the time Compton-Smith was found.
The correct dates and all the other information are a great help to me in placing the events in their correct place in my family history.
I suppose that there might be some reports in the Cork Examiner so I will have to explore that source.
I would like to see these photographs as if they differ from the one I posted we may be able to date mine more accurately.