100 Years Ago – 14 January 1921

14 January 1921

The results of the Dover by-election were announced, which was called following the elevation to the Peerage of the incumbent Coalition Unionist MP, Vere Ponsonby as the ninth Earl of Bessborough. It was won by Thomas Andrew Polson who stood as an independent, but immediately joined the Anti-Waste League after his victory, against John Jacob Astor, the Unionist candidate supported by the coalition Government. Polson won 13,947 votes and Astor won 10,817 votes.

Two police sergeants were killed and two constables were wounded when they were ambushed in the town of Cratloe, near in Limerick in Ireland. It was thought that as many as fifty people were involved in the ambush, but despite 200 police officers being sent to the area, there were no arrests.

The authorities confirmed that a young woman was killed and six persons were injured following an ambush at O’Connell Bridge in Dublin.