Many thanks for the website links, very informative for anyone who may be trying to trace ancestors in France
I’m not sure if Alfred joined up in Ireland or Paris. However, I’m inclined to think he joined in Paris. In a letter published in the Irishman on 8th Oct 1870 and dated 21st September, the writer, an Irishman serving in the “Foreign Legion” mentions that among them was an Alfred O’Hea of Paris. Indeed, Alfred, in a letter published in the Leinster Independent on 25 Jan 1872 mentions that he worked for eighteen months as assistant in the Hospital Cochin, in Paris, under the supervision of Dr. Chauffard, Professor of Pathology at the Faculty of Medicine. However, he does not give any dates.