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Re: Thomas Kirk - Armagh to USA 1911
« Reply #27 on: Thursday 23 August 18 20:04 BST (UK) »
In Ithaca Journal 1939 March 16th there is an article about the Legion being 20 years old and Thomas having been Commander for 2 Terms.

NO RECORD FOR NEXT 10 YEARS

Another article in the same Newspaper 1949 Oct 3 shows a Photo of Past Commanders. Thomas must have returned to Ithaca for this dinner. It was 30 years from Ithaca Legion Post 221 was set up.

Can anyone find where Thomas went for 10 years?
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Noreen

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Re: Thomas Kirk - Armagh to USA 1911
« Reply #28 on: Thursday 23 August 18 20:29 BST (UK) »
A 27 Apr. 1942 WWII draft registration card has this:
Thomas Kirk
1213 W. 3rd St., Jamestown, New York
Born June 18, 1893 in Armagh, Ireland
Person who will always knew his address:  E.B. Wells at same address
Employer's name:  Withope? Holmes Co., 4 Market St., Jamestown, NY
Race:  white
5'9 1/2" tall, 180 lbs., gray eyes, brown hair, ruddy complexion
scar on the right side of his neck

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Re: Thomas Kirk - Armagh to USA 1911
« Reply #29 on: Thursday 23 August 18 20:32 BST (UK) »
Jamestown city directories

1942
Kirk, Thos., salesman Witkop & Holmes Co., resides 1213 W. 3d.

1944
Kirk, Thos., plantmn General Ice Cream Corp., resides 1213 W. 3d.

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Re: Thomas Kirk - Armagh to USA 1911
« Reply #30 on: Friday 24 August 18 00:16 BST (UK) »
Thanks again shellyesq. Ive tried to find the WW11 card on family search but cant get it. I really am quite amateurish at all this research!!

In 1930 Thomas was on a committee to"encourage Americanization, aid in obtaining Citizenship papers for aliens, instruct in English and the customs & history of the nation."

So with this in mind - Can you think of a reason why Thomas would have crossed the border and joined the Canadian Army?
Noreen

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Re: Thomas Kirk - Armagh to USA 1911
« Reply #31 on: Friday 24 August 18 13:23 BST (UK) »
I have seen other UK immigrants who joined up with them, presumably because they wanted to support their country of origin by fighting.  Canada got into WWI sooner than the US did, but I don't know if that would matter in this case if he was still in the US in 1917-1918.  I don't know if there were any other benefits of choosing Canada over the US.

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Re: Thomas Kirk - Armagh to USA 1911
« Reply #32 on: Friday 24 August 18 17:26 BST (UK) »
shellyesq can you please give me a link to the WW11 card?
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Noreen