| Chandigarh |
Updated: November 1, 2020 10:21:06 pm
IT WAS a cold winter morning on November 2, 1920, that Private James Daly of the 1st Battalion of The Connaught Rangers was brought out of the guard room in Dagshai prison and shot dead in the rear compound by a firing squad.
Daly remains the last soldier of the British Army to have been shot dead for mutiny.
It was an Irish mutiny which took place in Jalandhar and Solan 100 years ago in support of the Irish freedom movement.
The Connaught Rangers
The Connaught Rangers were raised during the British Army reforms of 1881. The National Army Museum (NAM) of United Kingdom (UK) states that the 88th Regiment of Foot (Connaught Rangers) merged with the 94th Regiment of the Foot to form a new two-battalion unit. This new unit took its title from the 88th Foot, which is traditionally recruited in the Irish province of Connaught.
According to NAM, both battalions served in the First World War on the western front in 1914-15. The second Battalion suffered such heavy casualties, and in December 1914, it had to merge with the first Battalion. This was redeployed to Mesopotamia (now Iraq) in January 1916…