A couple of years ago, I discovered my grandfather’s WWI journal, which he wrote in from the day he left home in November 1916 until the day he arrived back in May 1919. I wrote a day-by-day blog publishing his journal, which was a wonderful exercise in family history.
During his time in Europe, he took leave in Dublin a couple of times, and appears to have struck up a friendship (or maybe more) with a woman named Hannah, and referred several times while he was in Dublin to visiting Pembroke Cottages for evenings of dancing. I looked up the address entries in the back of his diary and found a page that is almost certainly Hannah’s address at the time, based on various references:
Misses K. & H. Whitston
29 Pembroke Cottages
So here’s what I have about Hannah Whitston:
- Born April 6, 1897 (probably in/near Dublin) – may have been 1896, as per census records (see comments below).
- Had a sister (probably, although could have been a cousin), first initial K.
- As of 1919, living with her sister at 29 Pembroke Cottages, Donnybrook area in Dublin.
I would love to find out more about Hannah, especially if there are any journals or letters that she may have written or received mentioning my grandfather, Frank Kemsley.
Anyone have any ideas?