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“If You See Anybody In Uniform, Shoot Him”

Peter Reynolds was a motorcycle dispatch driver with the Irish Volunteers. On Easter Monday morning he was ordered to bring dispatches, ammunition and supplies to the various commandants around the city.

On his way to Stephens Green Reynolds saw a British officer on horseback going down Grafton Street. Warning the officer not to go any further, the officer in turn ordered a policeman who was nearby to arrest Reynolds.

I drew out the revolver and I pointed it to him.

The policeman withdrew to get reinforcements. Reynolds let the British officer go unharmed and he continued to Stephen’s Green and delivered his dispatch. While driving down Grafton Street he heard the opening shots of the Rising and reaching the bottom of the street he saw the British Officer, lying dead on the street.

Reynolds himself had a few brushes with death while driving around the city.

I could hear the noise of the unwelcome visitor that was whizzing by me ear.

Peter Reynolds was a member of ‘A’ Company, 1st Battalion, Irish Volunteers.

Peter Reynolds was interviewed for the programme 'Yesterdays', broadcast on Radio Éireann, 6 April 1969. Photograph of an unidentified motor cycle scout, Irish National Volunteers, courtesy of Mick O'Farrell.


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