|Florence Farley was
born in Drogheda, Ireland, in 1902. She was the
youngest of three siblings. At the age of 8 each
child was sent off to boarding school in Ghent
Belgium. They remained there until the
outbreak of WW1. Their parents left
Ireland in late 1912 when the "winds of war" were
beginning to appear. Her father had been offered a
job with Goodyear Rubber Company in the US. Once
established in the USA the parents began arranging for
their children to join them. Flo and her older
sister Emily got out of Belgium on one of the last trains
before the Germans moved in and closed the borders.
From there they went to Ireland and stayed with their
father's sister (their Aunt Annie (Farley) Glover in
Dublin. After a few months with her the paperwok
came through allowing them to sail to the US.
Florence's elder brother, Thomas, did not get out in time
and was a prisoner of the Germans until the war ended. He
too, returned to Ireland and stayed with "Aunt Annie" in
Ireland until his paperwork cleared and he joined the rest
of the family in the USA.