Employed as a civil servant when the Easter Rising broke out, Frank Shouldice was a member of F Company in the 1st Battalion of the Irish Volunteers. After mobilising on Easter Monday, 1916, he manned a barricade on Church Street before relocating to the Jameson Malt House. He acted as a sniper during the week, operating from Jameson’s Tower and St. Michan’s Church tower. Interned in Stafford Jail and Frongoch prison camp until December 1916, Shouldice helped to reorganise the Volunteers in Mayo upon his release and became Captain of the Ballaghadreen Company. He was imprisoned in 1918 in relation to the “German Plot” and escaped from Usk prison the following year. He participated in a number of attacks during the War of Independence before his arrest in December 1920. Shouldice spent the remainder of the conflict in prison and briefly served with the National Army in 1922.
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