Cli(e)ve Lindsey Soady RNR

Lt C L Soady killed in the Coolavokig ambush in 1921. He is buried in Macroom, one of only a few non-Irish Auxiliaries buried in Ireland. He was born as "Clive Lindsey Soady" but appears in service records as "Cleve Lindsay Soady" and that is how his grave is marked.

1881 Aug 18. Born Clive Lindsey Soady in Portsea, Hampshire. Youngest son of Major Thomas Eales Soady of 66th Regiment

1891 Census. Boarder at a Prep School at Malta Villa, Worsley Road, Portsea, Portsmouth

1901 census - not on census. His parents are in Portsmouth

1911 census - not on census. Presumably a merchant seaman

1915 Jun 19 Temp Sub-Lt in RNR "Cleve L Soady"

RNR Record

1917 Jun 17. RNR. Tempy. Subs, to be tempy. Lieuts.— "Cleve L. Soady"

1919 Aug 1. demobilised

1920 Oct 21. Joined ADRIC with RIC no79905, ADRIC no 810. J Coy in Macroom

1921 Feb 25. The Ballyvourney Ambush The convoy consisted of a touring car followed by a number of other vehicles. It is believed that Soady was driving the touring car that Seafield Grant was in . Admitted to Cork Military Hospital

1921 Mar 1. He died of his wounds.

1921 Apr 16. Quite odd the compensation claim, but Lt Soady certainly died as a result of the ambush, there is a death certificate, but this implies that the British or his family never changed the evidence to say that he had died

Ambush Lt Soady was in command of the post at one of the cottages the Auxiliaries withdrew into when their column was ambushed. He was shot in the mouth. and Constable Cane was wounded in the stomach.

'Green Tears for Hecuba'; Fr Patrick Twohig contains a paragraph on why Fr Twohig was buried at Macroom. I am not convinced that this is anything other than fanciful, as probate goes to his mother, and there is no sign of a marriage that he might have made. Twohig says he is retelling what was told to him by someone in the local Post Office. I doubt that there is any truth in this story "Lieutenant C L Soady, having vainly withstood the traumatic effects of desperate facial injuries, decided the effort was not worth it and checked out on the Tuesday following. Somebody remembered that he had mentioned a wife. A telegram signed by the Acting Commander in Macroom Castle, found her through the War Office: "Regret to inform your husband died of wounds received in action STOP Request wire instructions STOP". Came the classic reply "Saw little of him in life STOP Don't want to see him dead STOP Bury him where he fell or in the nearest graveyard STOP". She had her wish. In a little nook hidden away at the back of the Protestant church, a bowshot from the Castle battlements, under the crossed anchors of the Royal Naval Reserve cut on a headstone now sadly listing to port, the mortal impress of the spirit of Cadet Clive Lindsay Soady has become part of the soil of Ireland..."

1921 Mar 3. Buried in Macroom. The Irish GRO death is registered as "Cleve Loady". The grave of Cleve Soady in Macroom reads. It is tucked away at the back of the church and is difficult to find

Soady's Grave
Macroom Church

Probate in fact goes to his mother. Lindores Lindsay H. Galwey who married Thomas Eales Soady in Jul/Sep 1877 in London. His mother died in Portsmouth in 1939