Tuesday 23 January 2018

Listen to Stories from 1916: The Prison Letters of Jack Shouldice

Jack Shouldice was jailed in England for his part in the 1916 Rising. He was allowed just one sheet of foolscap paper per month to write letters home. The letters are read here by Jack's son Chris Shouldice.

Jack and his brother Frank were members of the Irish Volunteers who fought in the Easter Rising.  Jack was officer in charge of the strong point known as 'Reilly's Fort' at the Church Street/North King Street junction, and his younger brother Frank was a sniper on the roof of the nearby Jameson's Malthouse.

Jack was sentenced to death in the aftermath but this was commuted to five years penal servitude, which he served in Dartmoor and Lewes prisons until the General Amnesty of June 1917. With just one page allowed per month to write home, he painstakingly crammed in three or four letters to each page, enquiring about his family's wellbeing and the political situation at home.

Listen to more of the Stories from 1916 podcast on SoundCloud and at storiesfrom1916.com

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