100 Years Ago – 9 April 1920

9 April 1920

The first result from a vote by miners on whether to strike came in from Wearmouth Lodge in Sunderland, which although just a single declaration, was being seen as a sign of how keen members were to begin industrial action. 963 men accepted the Government’s offer and 644 supported a strike, with a feeling that a strike was becoming more unlikely.

A general strike in Italy started to look more likely following a series of demonstrations, including in Bologna where 25 strikers were shot by the local police. The general strike in Florence had taken hold and railway staff were starting to stop work in numerous locations across Italy. There had already been a large general strike in July 1919 and although a general strike was ultimately avoided in 1920, there remained a large number of days lost to strike action.

The Protestant church in Rosscarbery, in County Cork, was entered and vandalised, with a statue of Lord Carberry being damaged beyond repair.

Roskeen Barracks in Dublin was attacked and besieged by nationalists, but a swift response from the police and military were able to ensure that the barracks was liberated.