The O'Donoghue Society

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November Snippet 'Armistice Day 11 November 1918' - responses

 

This was obviously not my greatest choice of subject as I only received two responses!  But these are good ones

Tim Donohue input
 
“Recently we were looking at the history of my wife's Grandfather Everett McMichael of Imperial, Pennsylvania. He served bravely in WW1 and returned after Armistice Day in 1918. While talking with my first cousin her husband mentioned his Father, Joseph McNamara of Sacramento, California also served in WW1. He shared an archival roster of his Father’s unit with me. Upon examining it I amazingly found both men listed and serving in the same unit of the 116th Engineers over a hundred years ago.  What a coincidence when you consider that over 4 million American men served. What a small world it is that two people a century ago would be reconnected through many generations and the marriage of two totally unrelated families.”

And Michael Bolger

“My Gt Grandfather was home from the frontline due to an illness and this allowed him the opportunity to celebrate the birth of his 3rd child and first daughter.  Whilst on his return he became seriously unwell with what was then known as Spanish flu, sadly he died, along with his wife and new daughter.... all before the armistice was announced. His two sons aged just 2 and my granddad aged 1 went on to live with their grandmother and both served in the second war.”
 

 

This was obviously not my greatest choice of subject as I only received two responses!  But these are good ones

Tim Donohue input
 
“Recently we were looking at the history of my wife's Grandfather Everett McMichael of Imperial, Pennsylvania. He served bravely in WW1 and returned after Armistice Day in 1918. While talking with my first cousin her husband mentioned his Father, Joseph McNamara of Sacramento, California also served in WW1. He shared an archival roster of his Father’s unit with me. Upon examining it I amazingly found both men listed and serving in the same unit of the 116th Engineers over a hundred years ago.  What a coincidence when you consider that over 4 million American men served. What a small world it is that two people a century ago would be reconnected through many generations and the marriage of two totally unrelated families.”

And Michael Bolger

“My Gt Grandfather was home from the frontline due to an illness and this allowed him the opportunity to celebrate the birth of his 3rd child and first daughter.  Whilst on his return he became seriously unwell with what was then known as Spanish flu, sadly he died, along with his wife and new daughter.... all before the armistice was announced. His two sons aged just 2 and my granddad aged 1 went on to live with their grandmother and both served in the second war.”
 
18.12.2018