61 SOSPs, by William Mitchell (story details)William Mitchell

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Collection: EPIC (Ex-Prisoners Interpretative Centre)
Organisation: Dúchas oral history archive (collection) [NC]

An oral history recorded by EPIC, in partnership with the Dúchas oral history archive, as part of the Pieces of the Past project.

William Mitchell gives an account of his membership of the junior wing of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). He admits to carrying out a murder when he was 16 years of age. He was convicted in June 1975 and then detained at the pleasure of the Secretary of State. He also describes the impact his imprisonment had on his parents.

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Title
61 SOSPs, by William Mitchell (story details)William Mitchell
Description
An oral history recorded by EPIC, in partnership with the Dúchas oral history archive, as part of the Pieces of the Past project.
Creator
EPIC, and Dúchas
Publisher
Dúchas oral history archive
Date
2014
Format
Text
Language
English
Interviewee Surname
Mitchell
Interviewee Forename(s)
William
Interviewee Gender
Male
Age
56 (in 2014)
Religion
Protestant
Birth Country
Northern Ireland
Status
Former loyalist paramilitary, Former member of Young Citizen Volunteers (YCV)
Published Format
Document
Story Abstract
William Mitchell gives an account of his membership of the junior wing of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). He admits to carrying out a murder when he was 16 years of age. He was convicted in June 1975 and then detained at the pleasure of the Secretary of State. He also describes the impact his imprisonment had on his parents.
Themes/Topics Mentioned
Paramilitary Groups
Dates Mentioned
March 1974; June 1975 [1970s]
Places Mentioned
Long Kesh Prison [Maze Prison, near Lisburn, Northern Ireland]
Organisations Mentioned
Young Citizen Volunteers (YCV), Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)

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Title
EPIC (Ex-Prisoners Interpretative Centre)

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Title
Dúchas oral history archive (collection) [NC]
Description
"The Dúchas project was developed by Falls Community Council in 1999 to record the experience of the conflict in nationalist West Belfast through oral history accounts." (Kelly, 2005; p.54)
Between 2012 and 2014 Dúchas worked in partnership with a number of groups to record oral history accounts related to the conflict, as part of the Pieces of the Past project.
Creator
Falls Community Council
Subject
A collection of recordings of personal accounts of life in west Belfast during the period of the conflict.
Date
1999
Coverage
1969 to present day.
Address
Falls Community Council
275-277 Falls Road
Belfast
Northern Ireland
BT12 6FD
Stories Collected
100 in Dúchas archive (another 150 stories in the process of being archived)

Citation

EPIC, and Dúchas. (2014). 61 SOSPs, by William Mitchell (story details)William Mitchell. Dúchas oral history archive.
Accounts of the Conflict; Accessed: 5 December 2021 <http://accounts.ulster.ac.uk/repo24/items/show/2668>

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