This is quite a well known autobiography I think. The author was a British Army Officer and never served with the RIC or ADRIC. The interest - if any - is that he served in Dublin from 1920 until 1922 and he covers a lot of ground on how Internal Security operations were conducted in the city at that time. One full chapter is devoted to his service in Ireland.
Edward Cecil Barton was born in Canada in 1896. His family returned to the UK when he was young, Barton Snr being a dentist. On the outbreak of war in 1914 E C Barton joined the Worcestershire Regiment and served with them through the Great War. He was briefly in Ireland in 1917 convalescing from wounds and he mentions the atmosphere in Tipperary at that time.
In 1920 he was posted to the 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment, then based in the Portobello Barracks, Rathmines (now Cathal Brugha Barracks) along with a battalion of the Berkshire Regiment. He remained in Dublin until after the Truce.
Areas of interest to a researcher include: Detail of how raids were conducted, liaison between the police and the Army on raids (Barton refers to RIC exclusively; he never mentions working with the DMP), ambushes against Army lorries in Dublin - how they occurred, counter measures and the ineffectiveness of IRA home made mills bombs (interestingly, Barton mentions carrying a hostage on one of his lorry patrols), the Court Martial of 2 British soldiers who attempted to smuggle tools to an IRA prisoner in Kilmainham Jail and the siege of the Four Courts which he observed on his way to and from duty at North Wall Dock. There is a good deal of other interesting material.
Barton was in the city on Bloody Sunday and describes the aftermath. He was also involved in the route lining for the repatriations.
2nd Lt Alfred Breeze (killed by F Coy, 6th Bn IRA on 19 June 1921) was a Worcester and due to join the 2nd Battalion. Barton describes the incident and the follow up. His description of the incident must be hearsay as 2nd Lt Breeze had not yet joined battalion when he was killed; he was on attachment to Dublin Castle having just graduated from Sandhurst.
Barton served alongside Edward, later Baron, Twining, who was detached from 2nd Worcesters to undertake intelligence duties in Dublin Castle in 1921. Barton and Twining were among the party of Worcesters who captured De Valera in a raid at Blackrock on 22 June 1921. De Valera was put into custody under the guard of the Worcesters at Portobello Barracks. The recent murder of 2nd Lt Breeze, and De Valera's attitude to the killing, led to tension with the soldiers. Edward Twining was made MBE for his services in Ireland and went on to a distinguished career in the Colonial Service.
This book is a really good source for Dublin from a British soldier's point of view. Barton writes well and he has no axe to grind. It is also quite widely available and not at all expensive for a reading condition copy.
First edition sometime around 1951. Reissued by the Research Publishing Company, London, 1976. 447 pages. No plates.