100 Years Ago – 29 November 1920

29 November 1920

Cabinet Ministers including David Lloyd George, Winston Churchill, Andrew Bonar Law, Hamar Greenwood met with Sir Basil Thomson from Special Branch, to discuss the security risk in London from Sinn Fein. The approaches to Parliament remained mostly closed, with the public galleries in the House of Commons shut down. No women were allowed into the Palace of Westminster at all, with all men being searched.

The authorities said that they were concerned with the number of Americans coming into Londonderry, with the fear that they intended to embark on a murder campaign in Ulster. A number of police officers in the area had received letters similar to those received by British officers in Dublin, telling them that they may be killed if they remained in the country.

The Government confirmed that there were problems in Cork as attacks were made on a series of buildings in the city, with the Headquarters of the Transport and General Workers’ Union being destroyed by fire. Numerous warehouses were looted, including large numbers of expensive drapery goods from Forrest and Son.