He never saw his daughter

Title in English
William O'Reilly

Description
William O’Reilly was a soldier, stationed in India. He came back to Ireland and trained others for the Irish rebellion. Married Kate in 1914. As a soldier, he was called up and sent abroad in 1914. He was taken prisoner and brought to Limburg were he was for two years. His wife gave birth to a daughter in December 1914 and then died in April 1915 while William was in Limburg. The maternal grandparents looked after the baby grand-daughter at first. William started corresponding with his sister-in-law, Annie, who was working in Preston, Lancashire. Some of the correspondence has been preserved. Annie decided to come back to Ireland and take care of her niece. After 2 years in Limburg, William was sent to Lizern (???), Switerland as he was sickly. He was there for a year before he was sent back to the UK. He only made it as far as London where he was hospitalised. A sister from hospital wrote to the sister-in-law to say William was very ill and if Annie wanted to take the daughter, aged 2.5, to London they could arrange for a pass (part of collection). Tragically, William dies the day before his daughter arrives, so he never got to see her. Annie and her brother Andrew never married but dedicated their lives to looking after their orphan niece.

Summary description of items
Letters Pass for coming to London picture of William in India picture of Kate Small wooden cat box, carved by William

Transcription status
Not started 17 %
Edit 45 %
Review 38 %
Complete 0 %
ID
3369
Source
http://europeana1914-1918.eu/...
Number of items
112
Person 1
William O’Reilly
Person 2
Annie O'Reilly
Language
English
Location
Kilmainhamwood, Co. Meath, Ireland
Contributor
Eilish Lamb
Licence
http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
  • 40.775863290999595||-73.95613842168575||
    He never saw his daughter, item 104

    He never saw his daughter, item 104

    View document

    ||1
  • 50.39961369054536||8.077936838476603||
    He never saw his daughter, item 74

    He never saw his daughter, item 74

    View document

    ||1
  • 50.39961369054536||8.077936838476603||
    He never saw his daughter, item 72

    He never saw his daughter, item 72

    View document

    ||1
  • 50.39961369054536||8.077936838476603||
    He never saw his daughter, item 70

    He never saw his daughter, item 70

    View document

    ||1
  • 50.39961369054536||8.077936838476603||
    He never saw his daughter, item 68

    He never saw his daughter, item 68

    View document

    ||1
  • 54.14343356595143||-7.236387659699972||
    He never saw his daughter, item 47

    He never saw his daughter, item 47

    View document

    ||1
  • 51.45856580525297||6.0804850562500405||
    He never saw his daughter, item 46

    He never saw his daughter, item 46

    View document

    ||1
  • 51.44487301984255||5.9925944312500405||
    He never saw his daughter, item 44

    He never saw his daughter, item 44

    View document

    ||1
  • 50.982059468758806||5.8525187476562905||
    He never saw his daughter, item 29

    He never saw his daughter, item 29

    View document

    ||1
  • 53.93983252546728||-8.103722860009725||
    He never saw his daughter, item 23

    He never saw his daughter, item 23

    View document

    ||1
  • 51.225229593050514||5.7948405250000405||
    He never saw his daughter, item 17

    He never saw his daughter, item 17

    View document

    ||1
  • 51.348908499878945||5.7289225562500405||
    He never saw his daughter, item 15

    He never saw his daughter, item 15

    View document

    ||1
  • 51.18737236194858||5.8058268531250405||
    He never saw his daughter, item 11

    He never saw his daughter, item 11

    View document

    ||1
  • 53.81419545975293||-2.7362149254394126||
    He never saw his daughter, item 4

    He never saw his daughter, item 4

    View document

    ||1
  • 53.852351||-6.8048926||
    He never saw his daughter

    He never saw his daughter

    View document

    ||