A railway engineer by trade, William Partridge became involved in the labour movement and was elected to Dublin city council in 1904. He joined James Larkin’s Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union in 1912 and played a prominent role in the Lockout a year later, acting as strike leader when Larkin and James Connolly were imprisoned. He became a captain in the Irish Citizen Army and was stationed in St. Stephen’s Green at the beginning of the Easter Rising. He was remembered for leading the rosary every night in the Royal College of Surgeons, as well as for participating in an abortive raid on the Russell Hotel. He was interned in Dartmoor and Lewes prisons until April 1917, when he was released due to illness. He died three months later on 26th July, 1917.
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