Clarence Victor Chave died 3 Oct 1920

Clarence Victor Chave, aged 23, a bachelor, a Constable in the Royal Irish Constabulary, at Empress Place Barracks, Cork, died on 3rd October 1920 at Victoria Barracks Military Hospital, Cork.

He died 2 hours after being shot at Academy Street, Cork At a Court of Inquiry held on 4th October 1920, it was determined that he died from Shock and Haemorrhage from a Gunshot wound to the left shoulder, and that he died about 2 hours after he was shot. He was from Sheerness in Kent, and had served in the Army during WW1.

His birth was registered in St. Olave's District, London, in the quarter ended December 1896. Probably a son of William John Chave.

The following was found on a website, which deals with the War of Independence Constable Chave was found shortly after midnight lying in a pool of his own blood near Academy Street shortly after Volunteers fired shots at him and three other constables from shop windows in a building containing the Blackthorn House, a shop in Patrick Street in Cork. In this attack two other constables were injured, but Chave died from his wounds—a large gaping wound through the body in the region of the heart—about an hour afterwards in the Military Hospital—at about 1:30 a.m. on 3 October 1920. His death came on a Saturday-to-Sunday night [2-3 October 1920] that ‘was remarkable for the most sensational happenings since the order [was issued] that all citizens must be indoors from 10 o’clock at night to three o’clock next morning’. Soon after Chave’s death police and/or soldiers retaliated by trying to blow up the Blackthorn House. A deafening explosion was heard, the second within a week. Two Mills bombs were reportedly found on the premises in the morning. Constable Chave had only three months of service with the RIC; he had earlier been a soldier and a tailor. He had been attached to the RIC barracks at Empress Place in Cork city


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