25 June: The Plan

Several prominent IRA volunteers had been captured by the British, and Sinn Fein wanted to get them released. A plan was devised to kidnap a senior British army officer and exchange him for the Irish captives.…

19 June: Colonel Smyth

An incident happened on the 19th June which set a dangerous backdrop to the capture of General Lucas. There was a confusion as to how the British should behave in Ireland and how republicans and protesters should be dealt with, and a lack of clear direction from Westminster.…

18 June: An Introduction

My grandfather Brig. General Cuthbert Henry Tindall Lucas was captured by the IRA in 1920 and held for over a month. He was treated exceptionally well and eventually ‘allowed’ to escape. It is one of the few ‘good’ stories to come from a very dark period during the Irish War of Independence.…