Frank McPhillips

 

Found dead with Patrick Larmour , the two men were not acting in collusion, but happened to be executed at the same time. Both had spy notices pinned to their bodies. McPhillips uncle was ex-RIC

1900 Mar 31. Born Monaghan

 

1901 census at Corleck, Drumhillagh, Monaghan

 

1911 census at Corleck, (Drumhillagh, Monaghan

 

1921 Mar 9.

IRA Witness Statement On the following Sunday was sending a dispatch to Terry McGeeat Latton by a dispatch bearer named When Larmour came as far as Rockcorry church gate a crowd of young fellows were on the road tossing halfpence and he stopped and took part in the game. A patrol of Tans came along and held up and searched all the men on the road and found the dispatch on Larmour. He was arrested and later he devulged all he knew; he gave the names of all the members of the Rockcorry Company and they in turn were all arrested....

Larmour,whom I have mentioned about previously, was released from Belfast Jailin April 1921, and he returned home to Rockcorry area. He lost no time in getting in touch with the local Volunteer officers whom he instructed to meet him at the house of a man named McCabe of Baraghy, Co.Cavan. We met him there and he made a full confession of all he had told to the Tans, which I wrote down for him in the form of a statement which he signed. In this statement he emphasised that he told the Tans nothing but what they already knew. He was subsequently arrested by the Volunteers. I attended a Brigade meeting which was held at Tullycorbett, at which General O'Duffy and Dan Hogan attended. When the meeting was over I was preparing to leave when O'Duffy noticed the fact and told me to wait.

He then informed me that Larmour was to be courtmartialled During this conversation something happened or was said. which gave me the impression that Larmour was to be shot. I protested against shooting him and O'Duffy said it would be an example and a warning ,to others. I replied that it would be very bad to take a young life as a warning. I said that I believed that Larmour told the Tans nothing but what they already knew. I also stated that I was with young Larmour on his first night out on a volunteer operation when we had more men than arms to go round, and I asked for volunteers to man the arms we had and that Larmour was the first to step forward and say, "I never was out before on a job but I am prepared to do my bit" .After the above conversation with O'Duffy I told him I was in a hurry to get home as I had a horse closed in a house all that day and that I was anxious to get him out. I got permission to leave .The courtmartial on Larmour was held and a sentence of death was imposed. He was kept under guard for some days after his trial. He was then executed along with another spy from the Monaghan Battalion area, named McPhilips.Those executions took place at Aghab

 

IRS Witness Statement{Larmour} was found guilty and was executed at a place named Latnamard together with another young man named McPhillips.This McPhillips was suspected of giving information to the R.I.C. about local volunteers whose homes were being regularly raided by Crown Forces. Two. I.R.A. officers dressed themselves in police uniform and met McPhillips on his journey home one night and they questioned him about, all the local I.R.A. men whose houses had been recently raided He willingly gave all the information that he knew about them and their whereabouts. This information was conveyed by the men impersonating the policemen to the Battalion staff, which confirmed the suspcions which already existed as to this man's guilty association with the enemy, and he was courtmartialled and executed.

 

 

Shot by IRA as British spies