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Raymond J Fitzgerald French army
Trench life through a lens
Diary - there is an entry for 11 November 1918 noting how they were preparing to launch an offensive and discovered thaty the war was over. An excerise book with slots cut in to store negatives taken with his brownie camera. Example here shows amongst other things cooking in the trenches. His granddauaghter, a photographer, developed the negatives and has shown them in an exhibition in Dublin.
Raymond J Fitzgerald, born in France to an Irish father and French mother. Served in Marechal des Logis, section automobile de la 1er, batterie mobile in 1918, but had served with the calvary from 1914 until it was disbanded. He worked at breaking in wild horses and the only injury he recieved in the war was a broken knee cap from the kick of a horse. He was then in the trenches, he kept diaries and had a Brownie camera, and so has a remarkable record of the war. The family still have diaries 1918 - 1950.