Not much news from me for a while. In fact I have been overseas again, this time on a work project associated with WWI commemorations. It was for a video project we are calling “Journey of the Otagos” and which traces the movements of the Otago Infantry Regiment and the Otago Mounted Rifles through the battlefields of WWI. The film crew was just me and my cameraman son Joseph. Our journey took us first to Gallipoli and then across the Western Front through France and Belgium in a hectic 14 days where we found and filmed numerous sites associated with the Otago men at war. These will be made into short programmes about Otagos’ war effort and shown at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and elsewhere. I kept a daily blog of our activities on the road, which might be of interest:
Meanwhile, I have decided to focus my research over coming months on all the Brosnans and Brosnahans who served in WWI. This seems like a good way to remember their efforts and honour their memory, whatever we might think in retrospect about the cause they were serving. In fact I hope to throw into the mix those clan members who were opposed to war service, such as Tim Brosnan who went on the run in New Zealand rather than accept his conscription to fight for the British King. But first of all I want to set down all those who served and paid the ultimate price for their service. To begin with the focus will be just on men (there are no women) who carried the Brosnan or Brosnahan surname. Eventually I hope to extend this to other clan members who have a different surname but share Brosnan ancestry.
Feel free to add information, images, or more names if you can.