100 Years Ago – 26 February 1921

26 February 1921

The situation in Ireland continued to deteriorate and the authorities confirmed that the largest skirmish so far between Crown forces and Irish republicans took place in County Cork. 70 auxiliary cadets fought against 400 republicans in the hills, with a large number of casualties including Major James Seafield-Grant. The attack later became known as the Coolavokig ambush, with the number of republicans later said to have been exaggerated by the media.

Negotiations continued on the matter of wages for miners, but the talks broke up without agreement being reached.

General Frank Percy Crozier confirmed his resignation as the commander of the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary, a role which he had held since July 1920. Before that he had been a major general in the Lithuanian army and his role in Ireland had proved controversial.