It was during Ireland’s battle of Independence. He was captured on June 26, 1920, while fishing on the river Blackwater in Co Cork.  General Cuthbert Lucas would “escape” on July 30, 1920.

Letters between the husband and wife and Lucas’s secret captivity diary are now digitized.  Available online, Thursday, June 26, 2020. This is made possible by granddaughter Ruth Wheeler. Letters show that Lucas’ wife addressed his letter C/O IRA and all apparently were delivered to him.

A unique moment in time. Men drinking together. Playing cards together. Will continue to fight one another. Lucas later went public to declare that he had been “treated like a gentleman by gentlemen”, a remark which did not go down well with the British military establishment.

For the entire amazing story, from the Irish Times.

 

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