100 Years Ago – 27 May 1920

27 May 1920

The situation at Queenstown, near Dublin, worsened again as local dockers refused to handle military equipment which had been shipped to British troops in the country. Although a resolution had been reached the previous day, workers again refused to comply and the army was forced to have their military vehicles turn back empty from the docks. The press reported that the army had left the railway companies to work out how their goods would be transported, with the National Union of Railwaymen being seen as crucial to being able to resolve the problems.

The Hunter Committee published its report into the conduct of General Reginald Edward Harry Dyer at what became known as the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. There were two reports published, a majority report from the British members of the committee and a minority report from the Indian members. Both condemned Dyer’s actions, which killed several hundred people, but the minority report was more critical. Although Dyer didn’t face any criminal charges, he was relieved of his position in the army.