Peter Carleton was born in Toomebridge, Co. Antrim in 1904 but moved to Belfast a few years later. In 1919 at the age of fifteen, he joined the Carrick Hill Sluagh of Na Fianna Eireann.
Peter recalls that “there were sixty members in my company, all aged between twelve and sixteen. All of them were from poor families living on potatoes, tea and margarine. I was placed in charge of my section which was attached to A Company of the Second Battalion of the Belfast Brigade. Our main operations then were in the field of the economic war; the burning and destruction of buildings likely to be of use to the English enemy. Every picture house, courthouse, tax office and crown building was a target“.
*Image and text courtesy of Uinseann Mac Eoin’s ‘The Survivors’