1918

George Fitzsimmons

 

 

 

 
Sheepshead Bay in 1918

December 

Here's an anecdote, courtesy of Bill Fitzsimmons,
about Uncle George (pictured above)...

"My father, Harold, once told me the following story: 
He was about 9 years old at the end of the war, and one day while standing in front of the family house in Sheepshead Bay with his uncle George Fitzsimmons ,
a messenger came by with a telegram from the War Department for my grandparents.

He said that his uncle George took the telegram and opened it, saying "I'd better look at this," and then read the telegram out loud.  It said something like "We regret to inform you that your son, George Fitzsimmons, is missing in action, and presumed dead."

The elder George Fitzsimmons then folded the telegram and put it in his pocket, saying, "Harold, these things are sometimes wrong.  Let's just keep this between ourselves for now, so we don't upset anybody till we're sure."

A week or so later, Uncle George (the one in the photo above) came walking home down the street following his discharge from the military, to a big family welcome. According to my father, his uncle pulled him aside one day, took out the telegram, and tore it up.

"No reason to tell anyone about this" he said. "It will be our secret."  

And, my father said, it was never talked of again.

 

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George Walls up
Trainer James Fitzsimmons (with binoculars)
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