PRIVATE THOMAS PHILLIP CAFFREY; U.S. ARMY

December 26, 1888 (Norwalk, CT) – October 2, 1918; 29 years old; unmarriedLast local address: 76 Winfield Street, East NorwalkEntered the service on July 13, 1918Serial number 35902312 COMPANY, CAC, NARRAGANSETT BAY, FORT ADAMS, RHODE ISLAND Worked as a lineman for Lakewood Park Corporation of Waterbury. Died from catarrhal pneumonia at Fort Adams, Rhode Island.Continue reading “PRIVATE THOMAS PHILLIP CAFFREY; U.S. ARMY”

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JOHN CHESHIRE BURWELL; U.S. ARMY

February 29, 1896 (Springfield, MA) – April 20, 1918; 22 years old; unmarriedFather lived at 19 Quintard Avenue, South Norwalk when PFC Burwell entered the serviceEntered service on July 17, 1917No Army Serial Number25TH DIVISION, 101ST AMBULANCE COMPANY Worked as a contract agent for New England Telephone Company prior to service. Died from wounds sufferedContinue reading “PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JOHN CHESHIRE BURWELL; U.S. ARMY”

SEAMAN APPRENTICE CHARLES HENRY BLOOM; U.S. NAVY

April 2, 1898 (Norwalk, CT) – April 28, 1917; 19 years old; unmarriedLast local address: 173 Ferris Avenue, NorwalkEnlisted April 8, 1917 (died 20 days later)Serial number 1051522USS NORTH CAROLINA Worked as an elevator attendant prior to service. From an unknown newspaper found in newspaper clippings in the Norwalk History Room, Norwalk Library CHARLES BLOOMContinue reading “SEAMAN APPRENTICE CHARLES HENRY BLOOM; U.S. NAVY”

PRIVATE MORTIMER GREGORY BLAKE; U.S. ARMY

April 21, 1894 (Norwalk, CT) – October 14, 1918; 24 years old; unmarriedLast local address: 178 Chestnut Hill Road, NorwalkEntered the service April 30, 1918Serial number 366410114TH INFANTRY, 29TH DIVISION, MACHINE GUN COMPANY Worked as a clerk for C.E. Slawson Company in Norwalk prior to service Died from wounds suffered at Ormond Woods, Argonne ForestContinue reading “PRIVATE MORTIMER GREGORY BLAKE; U.S. ARMY”

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS / WAGONER CORTLAND VERE BIRDSELL; U.S. ARMY

September 29, 1893 (Norwalk, CT) – October 15, 1918; 25 years old; unmarriedLast local address: 81 Woodward Avenue, South Norwalk; and Burbank Street, South NorwalkEntered the Regular Army June 19, 1915Serial number 35425529TH INFANTRY, COMPANY A Worked as a machine operator for Neptune Hardware Company, East Norwalk prior to service. Died at Camp Beauregard, Pineville,Continue reading “PRIVATE FIRST CLASS / WAGONER CORTLAND VERE BIRDSELL; U.S. ARMY”

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS EDWARD BENNETT; U.S. ARMY

January 12, 1894 (Bridgeport, CT) – October 5, 1918; 24 years old; unmarriedLast local address: mother lived at 59 Fairview Avenue, Norwalk; aunt Elsie Ayrault lived at 16 Van Zant, East NorwalkEntered the service May 28, 1918Serial number 31949054TH DIVISION, 59TH INFANTRY, L COMPANY Worked in shipping in New York City prior to service. LivedContinue reading “PRIVATE FIRST CLASS EDWARD BENNETT; U.S. ARMY”

PRIVATE CHARLES HAROLD BATES; U.S. ARMY

June 26, 1890 (Long Eaton, Erewash Borough, Derbyshire, England) – September 26, 1918; 28 years old; unmarriedLast local address 212 Main StreetSerial number 641457879TH INFANTRY DIVISION, 315TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, COMPANY H Killed in the first days of the Meuse River-Argonne Forest Offensive. Researching Private Bates was a challenge. Initially he was thought to be CharlesContinue reading “PRIVATE CHARLES HAROLD BATES; U.S. ARMY”

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS FREDERICK WILLIAM AMUNDSEN; U.S. ARMY

July 14, 1897 (Norwalk, CT) – September 1, 1918; 26 years old; unmarriedLast local address: 33 Osborne Avenue, East NorwalkEntered the service May 25, 1915Serial number 62406256TH ARTILLERY COAST ARTILLERY CORPS, BATTERY D Employed as a “Shirt Starcher” for Cluett, Peabody & Co. prior to service. Joined the National Guard in 1915 at 18 yearsContinue reading “PRIVATE FIRST CLASS FREDERICK WILLIAM AMUNDSEN; U.S. ARMY”

SERGEANT FREDERICK ELETERT ABBOTT; U.S. ARMY

March 1, 1889 (Norwalk, CT) – October 16, 1918; 29 years old; unmarriedLast local address: 2 Day Street, South NorwalkEntered the service August 5, 1918Serial number 359732925TH FIELD ARTILLERY, BATTERY E Worked as a driver for Raymond Brothers in South Norwalk prior to service. Listed 6 years prior military service on his draft card. EarlyContinue reading “SERGEANT FREDERICK ELETERT ABBOTT; U.S. ARMY”