James Marks was a member of the Swords Company in the 5th Dublin Battalion of the Irish Volunteers. After mobilising in Swords at the beginning of the Easter Rising, Marks was sent to the GPO before being posted to the Mendicity Institute. This post was surrendered by the rebels on Wednesday, following which Marks was court-martialled and sentenced to death. This sentence was commuted and he was subsequently interned in Portland, Lewes and Pentonville prisons. He rejoined the Volunteers upon his release in June 1917 and took part in some minor operations during the War of Independence.
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