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Field Marshal Sir Henry WilsonA Political Soldier$
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Keith Jeffery

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239672

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239672.001.0001

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Death and reputation

Death and reputation

(p.281) 14 Death and reputation
Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson


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Henry Wilson died on June 22, 1922, when he was shot by two men, Reginald Dunne and Joseph O'Sullivan. Dunne was commander of the Irish Republican Army in London. Wilson's assassination became him as much as any other event during his lifetime, and it rapidly achieved a mythic quality. His Irishness was stressed in many of the reports and obituaries accompanying his passing. Much sympathy was expressed for Cecil Wilson. She persuaded Charles Callwell, an Irishman and a long-time friend and colleague of Wilson's, to write her fallen husband's biography. The result was the two-volume Field-Marshal Sir Henry Wilson: His Life and Diaries, published in 1927. In death, Henry Wilson remained a kind of founding martyr for the Northern Ireland state.

Keywords:   Henry Wilson, Irish Republican Army, Reginald Dunne, Joseph O'Sullivan, assassination, Cecil Wilson, biography, Charles Callwell, Ireland, Northern Island

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