Photos courtesy of J. O’Donnell

Jim writes:

“My Grandad was Lance-Corporal John O'Donnell from Glasgow who was in the Irish Guards from 9.5.1940 to 20.2.1946 and served with the 3rd Battalion.  As a kid I used to ask him to tell me stories about the war but he never said much, one day my Gran pulled me aside and told me that he didn’t talk about it because he had a hard time, but more so because he saw a lot of his friends killed. I never pestered him again after that.

My aunt recently told me about one of my Grandad’s good pals from the Irish Guards who he served with during the war. His nickname was Monty and he was from Glasgow and they kept in touch after the war. She thinks he became a dentist. I’m hoping to find out more about him.

It would be great to hear from any one who knew him or of him.”


Lance Corporal John O'DONNEL, 3Bn IRISH GUARDS

Called up 9 May 1940

Trade on enlistment Steelworker (Melting Dept)

Military Conduct VERY GOOD

Testimonial: This man is of good appearance and is solid and reliable. He volunteered for the army in 1940 and took part in the fighting in France and Germany, and was made a Lance Corporal in November 1944. He is a good, hard-working man and carried out his job in command of men satisfactorily.

Signed DH FitzGerald, Hoffnungsthal, BAOR, 3 December 1945

Thank you to Jim and his family for sharing this information about John.

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