My Great Uncle Thomas William (Willi) Regan who after doing a stint in the Irish Guards in Dublin & London left Co Sligo in 1914 aged 19 and joined F Troop of the 3rd US Cavalry at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He was with them from 1914 to 1917, patrolling the border with Mexico. When WW1 broke out he joined the Military Police as a horseshoer and was posted to Camp Wadsworth, Spartanburg, SC, a huge training camp for troops preparing to go over to the battlefields of France & Flanders to fight the Germans in World War One. Sadly he never got there as he died, as did millions of others, in the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918.(Its been estimated that more people died from the flu during that period than all the people killed in the Great War!) This month is the 90th anniversary of his death. He was 23 and is buried in the military cemetery in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
The Regan family were farmers in Mullaghnaneane (pronounced Mullinane) near Drumcliff in Co.Sligo, Ireland, and there are still descendents living and farming in the area today.
This is one of the many postcards he sent to my Granny Elise (Elizabeth Regan,the lady in my previous vintage SS posts) and which I have used to create kaleidescopes for the background of the scrap page with a clever program called 'Dazzling Reflections' from Poppy Hill Designs.
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