HC Deb 30 July 1900 vol 87 cc23-4

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether an affray took place on 23rd July at Spike Island, Cove of Cork Harbour, between men of the Cork Militia and men of a Dorset Regiment; whether the Dorsets attacked the Cork men for singing Irish patriotic songs, and whether after the Cork men had beaten the Dorsets back into their quarters, the Englishmen were ordered to take down and fix bayonets for the purpose of attacking the unarmed Irish Regiment; whether all the officers were on shore at the Cove, and can he state who was the responsible officer in command; and will the Dorset Regiment be removed without delay, and an inquiry instituted into the alleged proceedings.


The disturbance originated in the canteen. There was stone throwing on both sides, commenced by the Cork Artillery. It was stopped by the non-commissioned officers without calling on the officers. Orders were not given to fix bayonets. All the officers of the Cork Artillery were in barracks and the orderly officer of the Dorsets. The Dorset regiment will not be removed.