HC Deb 15 May 1916 vol 82 c1126

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War why at first no mourners were allowed to follow to the graves the remains of those who fell in the recent rebellion in Dublin; why only one mourner was afterwards allowed to follow; with what object were the coffins stopped and opened on the way; and, if anything was discovered to justify that desecration, will he say what it was?


It was found impracticable in the first instance to allow mourners to attend funerals, but as soon as possible one mourner was allowed to attend. It was deemed inadvisable to permit a larger following. In many cases it was necessary for the purpose of identification to open the coffins.