Philip John O'Sullivan MC

He was attached to the Inspector General's Office in Dublin Castle and was a qualified solicitor. Sturgis notes the shooting in his diary and records that he worked in "Cheesman's office".

1899 Aug 6. Born Kinsale

1901 census o'sullivan

1901 census Living with his parents at Denis Quay, Kinsale, his father is a solicitor

1911 o'sullivan

1911 census Living with his parents in Denis Quay, Kinsale. His father is a solicitor

o'sullivan rnvr

1918 Jun 8. Commissioned Temp Sub-Lt in RNVR. His father is given on his service record as next of kin, a solicitor, living at Denis Quay, Cork

1918 Jun 22. Training on HMS Hermione. Astraea-class 2nd-class cruiser, 4,360t, launched 1893. From August 1914 - Southampton guardship; from December 1916-1919 - HQ-ship for ML's and CMB's (coastal motor boats - MTB's) still based at Southampton

1918 Aug 22. Posted to "Our Allies" the mother ship for Motor Launches

Motor Launch 81

A similar Motor Launch

1918 Oct 2. The Second Battle of Durazzo. British and Italian aircraft attacked first by bombarding enemy troop concentrations and artillery batteries while the fleet was still steaming across the Adriatic. Afterwards several of the Italian and British cruisers formed a two-echelon line to begin their bombardment from about 8,000 yards off the coast. Meanwhile, the MAS boats and some American and British vessels attacked the three Austro-Hungarian naval ships. The action was mainly Italian, but the British had 5 light cruisers and 14 destroyers in action.

Altogether 580 motor launches were built by ELCO - the Electric Launch Company, then at Bayonne, New Jersey for the Royal Navy in World War 1. Types of vessels have been employed in this war, that were never thought likely to be used in warfare. The motor launches, built in America for use in the Royal Navy, were an example of these, manned by officers of the R.N.V.R. and men of the special Trawler Reserve. Varied have been their duties on different patrols. The boats were built with two Rolls-Royce petrol engines and had a 13 pound gun afore deck and a Lewis Machine Gun and also equipped with depth charges. Each Launch had a crew of 8 , a top speed of 19 knots and was highly manoeuvrable. Article on Motor Launches

"He won a Military Cross, a distinction rarely conferred on memebers of the Royal Navy. He served in the Mediterranean and Adriatic and was at the battle of Durazzo, was awarded an Italian bravery award and complimented by the Admiral of the Italian fleet."

1918 Nov 23. Duty in Motor Launch 386

1919 Jan 4. Posted to ML 530

1919 To Europa with ML 530.

1919 Jul 8 Demobilised on arrival in England. He appears to have been promoted Lt, but that was not allowed as he had not reached the age of 22.

1920 July 24 . Joined RIC as 72109

1920 Oct 1. Promoted District Inspector 3. He was attached to the Inspector General's Office in Dublin Castle and was a qualified solicitor.

1920 Dec 17. Shot in Henry Street, Dublin at 17.20. Ned Kelliher followed him for a Week, to determine the best time to shoot O'Sullivan. On the evening of the murder Kelliher identified O'Sullivan to the Squad, who included Joe Byrne, who was in the covering party. A passing army lorry took O'Sullivan to Jervis St hospital, where he died. Miss Moore had told him of her warning, but he did not attach much significance to it.

1920 Dec 18. Court of Inquiry in lieu of inquest.

1920 Dec 20. He was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin on 20 December 1920.

Police killed in War of Independence