George White

WS 956 George White

Many of them were still teenagers when they were asked to join with consciences more likely to overlook things older men might not condone. Mick White ate one of the dead men’s breakfasts on Bloody Sunday morning.

The executioners were all young men, generally of religious sensibility, and most of them didn’t find their work easy. One, Mick O’Hanlon, recalled, “When we got in we found our man had a girl and that he was covering the door and the landing …none of us fired as she was in bed with him and she covered him with her arms…But this moment soon passed. Following the hesitation O’Hanlon notes simply, “Mick Flanagan shot him.” Some didn’t hesitate. O’Hanlon also recalled that one of the victims, “an old major”, had a meal prepared. “Mick White ate the breakfast.”

in general the spirit of the morning was accurately summed up by Charlie Dalton. In the hall, three or four men were lined up against the wall, some of our officers facing them. Knowing their fate I felt great pity for them. It was plain they knew it too. As I crossed the threshold the volley was fired…the sights and sounds of that morning were to be with me for many days and nightsI remember I had not been to mass. I slipped out, and in the silence before the altar, I thought over our morning’s work and offered up a prayer for the fallen