Upton Train Ambush - 15 Feb 1921

The action was a disaster for the IRA; three of its volunteers were killed and two wounded. Six British soldiers were wounded, three seriously. Six civilian passengers were killed and ten wounded in the crossfire.

A local railway author, Colm Creedon, writes as follows in his Vol II of his trilogy on the CB&SCR (Cork 1989): “On February 15th an appalling massacre took place at Upton a remote country station, on the arrival of the 9.15 am down train from Cork. A party of between forty and sixty insurgents were lying in wait at the station having received information that a large contingent of British forces would be travelling on the train. As it happened, unknown to the waiting attackers, the convoy of troops who had come up by the connecting train from Kinsale did not in fact go westward but proceeded to the City, and only about twenty military personnel were on the 9.15 am train and they were mixed in with the ordinary civilian passengers.

The civilians killed were

Three I.R.A. men were killed in the ambush:

The wounded British soldiers were

British Soldiers died in Ireland