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James McMahon

James McMahon and Wife Eliz McGee

A newspaper write up about the death of one of Chatham's most interesting citizens. (Typed as written in papers!)

James McMahon Last Crimean Veteran Dies

He was also connected with Fenian Raids - Highly Respected

  • In the death of James McMahon, who died last evening in his 86th year, Chatham (lost?) its last Crimean War veteran.

The late Mr McMahon was born in Ireland but had resided in this city for some sixty years, where he was well known and highly respected. (Wher?) stil a younger man Mr McMahon joined the British Army and served through the Crimean war, and his stories have been the (unknown word) of many friends in this part of the county. He also took an active part in the Fenian Raids, and had a number of decorations for service, having been decorated at Balaclava, Inkerman, and Sebastapol.

The deceased was a devout member of St Joseph's Church. Surviving besides the sorrowing wife are one daughter, Mrs Peter Dauphin at home, and two sons John and Jerry of this city.

The funeral will be held Saturday June 11 from the family residence (at?) 142 Gray Street at 9:15 to St Joseph's Church. Interment will be made in St Anthony's Cemetery.

Died McMahon at Chatham Ont

  • Wednesday, June 8 1921 Jas McMahon aged 86 years

The funeral will take place from the family residence 142 Gray St on Saturday, June 11 at 9:15, to St Joseph's Church at 9:30 am.; thence to St Anthony's Cemetery.

Friends kindly accept this (intimation?). (End of quote)

  • We have also been told that James wore clothing made by Florence Nightengale. Florence of course began her great work trying to save soldiers in the Crimean War who had been wounded. Before that time wounded soldiers were almost just left to die because they were considered a liability, but she convinced them to do otherwise. The fact that James knew her probably means that he was indeed wounded there.

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