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1. Two of my granduncles dies in WW1
Sun Nov 11, 2018, 08:30 AM
Nov 2018


on June 3rd, 1917

It's lovely peaceful little cemetery in the middle of the French Countryside. He was fighting in the Canadian 50th Battalion, but he was an Irishman from Cork City, having emigrated to Vanderhoof, B.C. just a few years earlier. In preparation for going into France, they were initially stationed back in his home town (!) of Cork City. During that brief period, he married my Grandaunt (I think they knew each other previously), and they had about 8 weeks as man and wife before he was shipped off to France, where he died 5 months later. She never remarried, and lived with us at her death in 1975.

Her brother Joe (Royal Navy), was killed 6 months later in the Great Halifax Explosion on Dec 6th 1917, in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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