29 APRIL 1921 - ON THIS DAY IN ROYAL WELCH HISTORY
Murder of Major GL Compton-Smith by the IRA, 1921 He was serving in Ireland with 2 RWF. During the Great War he had commanded 10 RWF and been awarded a DSO and French Croix de Guerre. On 16 April 1921 he was kidnapped by the IRA as a hostage for the lives of IRA men under sentence of death. When they were hanged he was shot by the IRA. He left his cigarette case to his brother officers and it was found later in the house of a member of Sinn Fein.