William Shortall was a member of B Company in the 1st Dublin Battalion of the Irish Volunteers and manned barricades the North King Street and Church Street areas during the Easter Rising. Following the surrender, he was interned in Stafford Jail and Frongoch prison camp until December 1916. Shortall rejoined the Volunteers but did not take part in any active engagements during the War of Independence or Civil War. He was later employed as a clerk in the Dáil.
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