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070: April 2004

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10 January 1923: Zugsführer Engelbert Mayer

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Engelbert was a joiner and lived in Andelsbuch, Austria. He was serving on the reserve at the time of the outbreak of war. Engelbert  was called back to full-time service at the end of July 1914. At first, he served in Austria on border guard duties before seeing action in Galicia, Italy and Poland. He was wounded in action in Italy near the end o…


'Captain Professor - a life in war and peace' by Michael Howard

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You will rarely find an autobiography that is this detailed and self-effacing. We learn 2/3rds into ‘Captain Professor - a life in war and peace’ that he kept a diary while teaching at Yale, you rather suspect that he kept a diary through-out his life.  Howard remarks with the demise of his mother, that between them, father and mother, lived throu…


21 April 1918 : Pte Joseph Underwood

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Parents, Mathew and Elizabeth Underwood (née Gordon), Belford House, Blackrath, Co. Kildare.  In 1911, living with his parents and seven siblings (5 brothers, 2 sisters)  A bricklayer.  Enlisted in the Royal Munster Fusiliers, 23 November 1915 Transferred to the Machine Gun Corps 16 July 1916 Served in France and took part in fighting on the S…