PRIVATE FIRST CLASS ALBERT HENRY WALLER; U.S. ARMY

February 19, 1895 (Blades, Delaware) – June 9, 1918; 23 years old
Unmarried
Last local address: 276 Myrtle Avenue, Bridgeport; mother Edith Waller lived at 30 Monroe Street, South Norwalk; also lived at 23 Day Street, South Norwalk (1910 census)
Entered the service May 15, 1917
Serial number 155950
Unit: First Engineers, Company F

Born to George Waller (1869-?) and Edith Waller (1875-1949). Brother, Irving (1897-1973), and two sisters, Maggie (1902-?) and Helen (1903-?).

Worked as a machine hand prior to service.


Reference above says he was cited for bravery, however, nothing was found in the research to support that.

Died from wounds suffered after being bombed while building a pontoon bridge. In his burial file, it is written, “Albert Waller received the wounds from which he died on the night of June 8th, 1918. He was working with the company putting up barb-wire in the 2nd position in front of Coullemelle on the Montdidier front. Private Mannix put Private Waller on an Infantry ration cart and took him to the first Aid Station at Coullemelle. From here Private Waller was evacuated to Field Hospital number 12 where he died the next day. He was buried in the Hospital Cemetery at Bonvilliers.


From newspaper (unknown) article dated July 1, 1918

ANOTHER GOLD STAR IN SERVICE FLAG

Another gold star was added to Norwalk’s service flag Saturday when a telegram was received announcing that Private Arthur Waller, aged 22 years, of 30 Monroe Street, had made the supreme sacrifice.
Waller was well-known locally, having been employed at the Remington Arms in Bridgeport prior to his enlistment at the outbreak of the war. He was among the first American soldiers to go to France, and has been engaged in active warfare for some time. He was seriously wounded in action on June 3, and his death was the result of the wounds inflicted.
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Waller, formerly of 30 Monroe Street, but who have since removed to 53 West 3rd Street, Wilmington, Delaware. Young Waller was a popular member of the Trinity Young Men’s Club and was well liked and respected by all who knew him.

From The Evening Journal (Wilmington, DE) March 29, 1921

PRIVATE WALLER LAID TO REST
Seaford Man Killed in France Given Military Funeral
WAS MEMBER OF FIRST ENGINEERS

Special to The Evening Journal
SEAFORD, March 29 – A military funeral, conducted by the Seaford Post, American Legion, took place Sunday afternoon at Gregg M.E. Church, Blades, when Private Albert H. Waller, son of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Waller, of Blades, was buried. Young Waller was a member of the First Engineers and was killed in action about June 24, 1918. He was with his company erecting a platoon bridge over a river when killed by a German shell. The body arrived in this country last week. It was one of the largest funerals ever held in this section. This is the second military funeral to be held in this section with a few days. The funeral of Sydney Isaacs tool place last week. At the Waller funeral, the Reverend J. Ward Mills, pastor of Blades Church, officiated. Interment was made in Blades Cemetery. Private Waller was about 26 years of age.


Albert Waller is listed on a memorial monument in Seaford, Delaware.


For NARA file, click HERE.


Private Waller’s final resting place is Blades Cemetery. E-mail sent March 28, 2020 to the city of Blades, Delaware where his funeral took place for help finding a head stone. No response.

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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