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070: April 2004

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'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…