Daniel Joseph McGandy – First War of Independence fatality

Daniel Joseph McGandy of 7 Bond’s Hill, Waterside, Derry died on 20th January 1919. He had served with the IRA in A Company, Derry city area. According to information in file the inquest returned a verdict of death by drowning. The successful application under the Army Pensions Act, 1923 was made by the deceased’s father,…

A letter by Nora Martin – “I am reading through these claims…”

The pension files contain a lot of correspondence and naturally, when associated with administrative processes, material can be dry and very matter-of-fact. However some can give us a substantial amount of information about people’s interactions and transactions and in some cases, they can be the only testimony of a person’s actions during those years, describing…