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"Tom Reilly, Soldier of Fortune from Ballinalee, Ireland"

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Tom Reilly


Molly, Ballinalee, Ireland, Lo


Great Britain

Main War

World War I


Tom Reilly sered in the US cavalry in WWI, and was stationed in the Rhienland, where he met a Fraulien and had twins with her.

She died in childbirth, so he gave the twins to her mother to raise.

He was in the British army in WWII and lost his arms and legs in Dunkirk.

He died of TB in military hospital in 1953. Where he is buried the family do not know.

There is every possibility his sons were in the German Army in WWII and faught against him.


Tom Reilly, Soldier of Fortune from Ballinalee, Ireland

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Adventures sake
Brought the young sons of Erin
Into uniform

Thoughts of great glory
Among shot and shell in hell
Of the battlefield

To return to home
To kisses of loved ones
And relieved mothers

As hero's of old
Of whom they heard as children
At their mothers knee.

It was not to be
So many fell wounded and dead
The latter lucky.

A few unscathed bar
A shrapnel wound to the leg
A bootload of blood.

Some found love and lust
In Fräuleins welcoming arms
Seduced by victors.

To fight yet again
Same side, a new uniform
Maybe faced their own sons.

Their own flesh and blood
Under enemies high flag
As Germans were raised.


Hiding maybe the fact
That their fathers they were from
The enemies side

And as proud Aryan
Uniform they wore and fought
For land and for blood.

Germanys honour
Faith, Fuher and flag, they stood
Listened to Hitler

Hiding the fact that
No German were they but were
Half one of the Gael

And with weapons they faced
The fire of the enemy
One who was father

But father does not
Matter to such men of arms
Who fight for Fuher

Sometimes I
I think of those two young boys
Raised by grandparents

In a Rhine banks shop
Their mother who died in birth
So the boys could live

To hold guns to fight
And to face their own father
On a field of battle.

Strange... such it is life
Its twists and its turns weave odd
Patterns in lives.


Tom Reilly, from a WWI postcard sent home to his f

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