Visit to Ireland 1903 Medal, with shamrock top bar, on old silk ribbon, Sergeant David Cloughley, Royal Irish Constabulary.
David Cloughley was from Armagh and 26 years old when he enlisted with the Royal Irish Constabulary during 1881.
He is mentioned numerous times in various cases in Antrim between 1901 and 1915 including a number of scuffles, here are examples of a few:
Belfast News-Letter 3rd February 1903:
“STONETHROWING – For assaulting Sergeant Cloughley by throwing a stone at him which touched him on the head, Andrew Reilly was sent to jail for a month.”
Northern Whig 2nd February 1904:
“ASSAULT CHARGE – The charge of having been drunk and disorderly and assaulting Sergeant Cloughley and Constable Duignan was preferred against George Campbell. The evidence showed that accuses interfered with the police when arresting a prisoner and assaulted the complainants. Mr Hodder intimated that, only for the fact that the prisoner had not been before the Court previously, he would not have been sent to prison for a long period. He was fined 40s and costs in each case.”
Northern Whig 3rd September 1907:
“Bernard Fitzsimmons and John Boylan, two soldiers of the R.I.R. were charged with assaulting Sergeant Cloughley on Saturday. The affair occured at the Bridge End, it being alleged that the prisoners assaulted the officer. Fitzsimmons was sent to Gaol for two months and Boylan for a month.”
Belfast News Letter 3rd August 1911:
“Assault on Police
Isaac Whiteside was charged with having been drunk and disorderly and with having assaulted Sergeant Cloughley and Constable Irvine. From the evidence it, appeared that prisoner was in the centre of a crown on Newtonards Road, shouting and inciting people to fight. When reprimanded he became very abusive, struck the Sergeant on the face, and kicked him and Constable Irvine, who had come to the other officer’s assistance. A sentence of four months imprisonment was imposed.”