Private Lawrence, batman to Major Carew

It has not been possible to find out more on Lawrence as there is not a Christian name nor an initial to go on.

Moran was charged with the murder of Lieutenant Ames at 38 Upper Mount Street on Bloody Sunday along with another man called Joseph Rochford.  Moran was identified by three British soldiers as taking part in the shooting - they were Major Carew, Carew's batmen Private Lawrence, and Private Snelling who had been taken prisoner by the gunmen at 38 Upper Mount St.  Moran was found guilty and sentenced to be hung.  Moran was captain of D Company, 2nd Battalion, Dublin Brigade, IRA. We now know that Moran was in charge of the shootings at the Gresham Hotel,, so his alibi was manufactured. But nonetheless nobody could not have seen him at Upper Mount Street on the morning of Bloody Sunday.

On Bloody Sunday Carew was living at 28 Upper Mount St, just across the road from 38 Upper Mount St and the shootings of Ames and Bennett. His batman, Private Lawrence, saw the raid and when he alerted Carew, Carew fired with his revolver at the attackers. However, Carew was not prepared to swear positively that the man he saw was Moran.  Lawrence was positive that he saw Moran but he also identified Rochford.  Both Moran and Rochford produced alibi evidence that they were elsewhere during the shootings.  Rochford's was accepted but Moran's was not. (indeed Moran was at that time in fact leading the group at the Gresham Hotel where MacCormack and Wilde were murdered)

The statement that he made at Moran's trial is:-

I am batman to Major Carew who is employed at Dublin Castle. At about 11.30pm on 20th November 1920 I was just about to enter 28 Upper Mount Street, where I lived with my officer. I was stopped by two men, who after telling me a ling story made a certain request and asked for certain information. I did not give them any. I eventually left the men and entered number 28. It would then be nearly midnight. As I opened the door one of them shouted after me with a question. When I got in, I made a report to my officer as to what happened. In fact Executed for Ireland, the Patrick Moran story does say that Patrick Moran was one of these men to whom Lawrence talked that night

The next morning, Sunday 21 November 1920, between 8.45am and 9.00 am, I happened to be looking out the stiing room window which is on the top floor. When I saw a man walking up and down outside number 38 Upper Mount Street, which is practically opposite. I saw him suddenly quicken his step, pull a revolver out of his pocket and point it at the Private who had just come up. I later found the Private's name to be Private -- and I now know him well. I ran and told my officer what was happening. He was in bed.

The officer ran into the sitting room with his automatic. I followed him. He opened the window and shouted something. I saw the Private was then standing on the steps of number 38. And the man that I had seen before was pointing a revolver at him. My officer fired and I stepped back from the window. I went away to fetch my service revolver. And when I returned both the Private and the man had disappeared.

The accused I see here before me now, who answers to the name of Patrick Moran, is the man who held up the Private. I identified him at Arbour Hill about the middle of December last and picked him out fom 15 men. I asked for him to be shaved to be absolutely certain he was he right man.

 

 

Major Carew