Florence Alexandra Croasdaile (neé Farley)
Emma Farley and Florence Croasdaile on
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Emma Farley and Florence Croasdaile on ship.jpg
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Maureen Moss (baby) and Florence
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Maureen Moss (baby) and Florence Croasdaile, summer 1931.jpg
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.