I have recently been reading transcripts of British House of Commons parliamentary debates for the period 1919-1921 in search of information relating to the Irish War for Independence and came across the following:

On 12 May, 1921, the Member of Parliament A.E.Newbould asked how many Irish prisoners had been killed or wounded by the forces of the Crown while attempting to escape from custody since 1st January, 1920. The Attorney General for Ireland, D. S. Henry, stated that 48 prisoners had been killed and 8 had been wounded!

During the recently ended Great War, history's first mechanised conflict when rifles, machine-guns and artillery spewed death on an unimaginably barbaric scale, roughly 3 soldiers were wounded for every 1 soldier killed. Yet in Ireland, 1 prisoner was wounded for every 6 prisoners shot dead "while attempting to escape." British marksmanship must have dramatically improved since the Great War ended.

Murder by any other name is still murder!

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