Eric Steadman


1921 Jul 10. Just before the truce, a labourer called Michael Buckley found the body of a man at Puttaghaun, Tullamore. The body had many bullet wounds, and a notice "Convicted Spy, Eric Steadman, X Soldier Birmingham. TRIED, Convicted and Executed on 9 July 1921. Sooner or later we get THEM. Beware of the IRA." Apparently (O' Ruairc, Truce p85) the British police were unable to trace an Eric Steadman as having lived in Birmingham

"Truce" goes on to reord that his IRA captors claimed that Steadman had travelled throughout the Midlands in the role of a tramp. One of his executioners stated that Steadman's hands were not those of a tramp "his fingers were long and they had silky indications of a man who didn't do much manual work...a low, stout block of a man who seemingly did not do any manual work....he ws not much to look at"

The inquest described him as being "about 40 years of age, about 5ft 9" tall...slightly built and poorly clad

One of his IRA captors, Sean Magennis, claimed that Steadman openly admitted being a British Agent. Steadman's captors decided that he should be executed, and after being held prisoner for a number of days at Ballydaly, Tullamore, Offaly, he was executed.

There is no Irish death record for anyone of this name. In fact only 2 Erics died in Ireland in 1921. Nothing on British BMD either for birth or death. He was undoubted a spy, but what his name actually was, I have no idea.


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