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Who was John Neale? Cockney Socialist, KIA - Easter 1916 Rising.

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Who was John Neale? Cockney Socialist, KIA - Easter 1916 Rising.

I'm trying to find more info on an individual called John Neale.

Described as ''London Irishman'' and an ''English-Irishman with a cockney accent''[1], Neale was a ''young cockney member of the Irish Citizen Army''[2][3].

He acted as a lookout on top of the Metropole Hotel during the armed uprising against British rule in Dublin, Easter Week, 1916.

On the friday, ''As the building was being evacuated, his ammunition pouch was exploded by a stray bullet...Neale, whose lower torso was ripped to shreds, swayed and gasped to his neighbour, 'Can't you stand away and let a fellow lie down'. He was set down on a pile of mail stacks where he told Lieut. Traynore, 'I'm dying comrade' ''. He died the next day. [4]

I've found a detailed description of an individual who matches Neale in everyway - using the word 'comrade', acting as a lookout and being fatally shot at the evacuation of the Hotel Metropole. Yet, he is described as an ''American''[5]

If you have any hints, tips or advice on finding this man's story, his background and his family history, please email me at matchgrams@gmail.ie

Thanking you in advance.

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[1] p.168-9/212 'Agony at Easter, The 1916 Irish Uprising' by Thomas M. Coffey

[2] p.139-40. 'The Easter Rising' by Michael Foy and Brian Barton.

[3] Irish Citizen Army (active from 1913-47), small group of trained trade union volunteers established in Dublin for the defense of worker’s demonstrations from the police. It was formed by James Larkin and Jack White. Other prominent members included James Connolly, Seán O'Casey and Countess Markievicz In 1916, it took part in the Easter Rising – an armed insurrection aimed at ending British rule in Ireland.

[4] p.149-50. The Easter Rising' by Michael Foy and Brian Barton.

[5] p.41/2 Enchanted by Dreams: The Journal of a Revolutionary, By Joe Good. (Written in 1962)
1968