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Murder of 2 Royal Marines - East Ferry Ireland

Updated: May 17, 2023

Unit/ Formation: Royal Marines


Location: Ireland


Period/ Conflict: Anglo-Irish War


Year: 1921


Date/s: 14 May 1921




On Saturday 14th May 1921 2 Royal Marine Artillery gunners were abducted, shot dead and dumped in a local quarry, the 2 marines may have been on duty at East Ferry, 3 miles from Ballinacurra.


Apparently a "shoot at sight" order had been given to the IRA in Cork on 14 May.


There were 7 British Soldiers killed that day.


the 2 Royal Marines were;


Gunner Bernard Francis RMA/14710

Gunner William Parker RMA/14560


Image RM Historical society - William Parker Memorial Tablet St. Michael and All Angels' Church, the Depot R. M., Deal Kent.

Both men had served in WW1 Francis enlisted on 8th March 1915 and served in teh fleet on HMS Lion, joining after Jutland, Parker enlisted on 9th September 1915, amd joined HMS Malaya in January 1916, it is lilkely he served at the Battle of Jutland in May 1916.


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Some details from The Cairo Gang. com

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