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Laois takes its name from Loígis, a medieval kingdom once ruled by a tribe of this name. In its past it has also been known as County Leix and as Queen's County from 1556 to 1922. As the Irish diaspora has spread out across the globe, especially during the Great Famine of 1845–49 which devastated the county, many people will be able to trace their roots back to this part of Ireland.
Helena Bonham Carter is an award-winning actress of film and TV fame who belongs to a prominent British family. Her paternal grandparents were Sir Maurice Bonham Carter, a Liberal MP and Violet, Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury, a life peer in her own right and the daughter of H.H Asquith the Prime Minister. Her paternal great-grandfather, Henry Bonham Carter, was a cousin of Florence Nightingale, as we discover in this article.
The City of Oxford is primarily associated in most minds with its university. To those of us old enough to remember when British marques dominated motoring in this country, it was also inextricably linked to a make of car in a similar way that Ford was to Dagenham and Vauxhall was to Luton.
A glance at the March 26, 1915 edition has an intriguing subheading of "Accident to Jewish Aviator." It is in the section titled 'The War' and comes after the names of some men who had been Killed in Action in the Neuve Chapelle Battle and others who had been wounded in the same action. Just ahead of the names of men who featured under "Some Recent Promotions", we are able to read three lines that can't help but draw us in.
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