|Posted by Limerick Royal British Legion on August 4, 2012 at 5:45 AM|
It was a pleasure to be contacted by Australian Ian Hodson who recently discovered his grandfather, Isaac Thompson Hodson, is buried in the King's Island Military Cemetery in Limerick (Plot 87). Ian wondered if we could supply a photo of the grave.
Having photographed all these War Graves last year for The Commonwealth War Graves Photographic Project we were able to do so within minutes of his request. Ian was delighted by our response and was also moved to hear that every November we plant a Poppy Cross on his grandfathers grave as part of our Remembrancetide ceremonies.
He tells us that his grandfather Isaac (see photo) served with the Army Service Corps as a Lorry Driver and he was a good 41 years old when he first enlisted in 1915. Entering France in1916 he served in that theatre until 1918 when he was evaucated back to England with Influenza & Brochitis. Later that same year he was posted to Limerick only to die here some months later from influenza - so far from home. The family thereafter moved to Australia.
There are 39 CWGS graves in King's Island Cemetery - nearly all are non-Irish and were likely casualties of the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918/19 rather than of enemy (or Rebel) action. There was a military hospital nearby and even some of the medical staff are interred here such was the impact of this pandemic.
We are delighted to have such information on one of those we seek to remember every year and a great photograph of the soldier is a particular bonus. Thank you Ian and rest assured may your grandfather always Rest in Peace in our care.
Lest we Forget.