Property Losses (Ireland) Committee file for John Hughes
John Hughes was a member of the Dublin Metropolitan Police where he was station sergeant at Green Street, beside the Four Courts. He was off duty on Tuesday April 25th and in plain clothes when he was taken prisoner by men from the St. Stephen's Green garrison. He said he was deliberately shot in the arm while captive.
He submitted a claim to the Property Losses (Ireland) Committee for £10 2s 6d for destruction of his clothes including his good suit and shirt which was stained with blood from his injury. Full payment was recommended by the Committee.
The claim form is signed with an ' X' which suggests his arm was injured - given his position as station sergeant it is extremely unlikely that he could not read and write.
The Property Losses (Ireland) Committee was formed on May 8, 1916 in an effort to compensate property owners in the city for ‘Damages caused during the Disturbances on the 24th April, 1916 and following days’. The committee's secretary Hugh Love had a compassionate approach to handling applications for compensation but his superiors, Irish Treasury Remembrancer Maurice Headlam, and Assistant Under-Secretary John Taylor, had the final say in dispensing funds. Payment amounts were arbitrary: awards were usually reduced, sometimes by up to half, others were disallowed for a variety of reasons that included consequential loss, complicity or on the basis of inadmissibility.