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"Holiness was as natural to Fr Doyle as wings to a bird"

Some time ago I read the Life of Father William Doyle, the Irish Jesuit-Chaplain, who was killed in the late World War. It was made up chiefly from a Diary which he kept, and which, I am sure, he never intended for eyes other than his own.

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A choice of legs

From ‘For Ever England’, J.E.B. Seeley, Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 1932.

I have named Bron Herbert as one of my most intimate friends. He had a leg shot off in the South African War but that did not prevent him from raising and commanding a troop of Yeomanry, formed from the men of the… 393 more words


Woman's Land Army of America...in Libertyville

Everyone thinks of World War II as the time when the whole country came together and sacrificed to win the war. Believe it or not, World War I had a few “come together and support the war effort” movements, as well. 1,507 more words

The Past Is Present

13 January 1917: Fr Doyle gives the last rites to dying soldiers

100 years ago tonight Fr Doyle was awoken to absolve some dying soldiers. This is his description of the event, sent home in one of his regular updates to his family. 1,112 more words