Henry Hughes Wilson (1864 - 1922):
Henry Wilson was born in Currygrane, Edgeworthstown, County Longford, and joined the British army in 1884. Early in 1914, during the 'Curragh mutiny', he was promoted to the rank of major-general. He was appointed Chief of the Imperial General Staff in 1918 and was firmly in support of conscription. In 1920 he advocated martial law throughout southern Ireland. In 1922 he was elected Unionist member of parliament for North Down and retired from the army. His speeches regarding Ireland were provocative, and in his capacity as military adviser to the government of Northern Ireland he advised a strengthening of the armed forces. In 1922 he was shot dead in London and two members of the Irish Republican Army were hanged for his murder.
|Born:||5 May 1864|
|Died:||22 June 1922|
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