In times of peril : leaves from the diary of Nurse Linda Kearns from Easter week, 1916, to Mountjoy, 1921 / edited by Annie M.P. Smithson.
Smithson, Annie M.P. De Valera, Eamon, 1882-1975.
4 February 2016
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TRIAL AND 00 URTMARTIAL. 33
her body,” or words to that effect. The ollicer tried
to insist, but the Governor was not to be moved. So
the military left, and I was returned to my cell; but
after dinner they returned again, and evidently this
time their papers were all in order, as I was now
brought out and hoisted into a lorry.
Again the railway station, and again the same
warning re ambushes and being shot; also the same.
precautions for guarding me at each station. And
again Belfast and another night in the odious Bride-
well; but this time it was not quite so uncomfort-
able, as my solicitor had provided a mattress and
Next day I was brought to Victoria Barracks, and
again we heard the whole farce of evidence against
us. I met the boys again. Poor fellows, they were
beginning to show signs of their long captivity. I
was again lodged during the lunch interval in a shed
with two soldiers on guard, but, fortunately, my
brother-in-law was up for my trial, and I had my
meals sent in to me. Another night at the Bridewell
and another day at the Victoria Barracks, and then
towards six o’clock that evening my courtmartial
I heard the voice of the President pronouncing the
ominous words: “This Court is closed!” and 1
inquired what that meant, and was informed that it
Then came another drive in the lorry, and the
usual harangue about ambushes and shooting,
wh,1'ch I would have quite missed now if it had by
any chance been omitted!
I got into conversation with one of the Tommies,
and gained some rather interesting details about the