New Hampshire WWI Military: Railroad Regiment Daredevils

Mess line of the 14th Engineers at Camp
Rockingham, Salem NH in 1917.

The Light Railway Engineers of World War I are little known regiments composed of men initially recruited from among railroad workers.  Most of the men of the  Fourteenth Engineers (Rwy), my primary focus, came from the Boston MA area including New Hampshire. When war was declared in April of 1917, the United States War Department requested nine regiments to be formed to work specifically with railroads–three for operating, five for construction, and one for repair. These recruiting efforts resulted in the Eleventh Regiment from New York, NY; Twelfth Regiment from St. Louis, MO; Thirteenth Regiment from Chicago, IL; Fourteenth Regiment from Boston, MA; Fifteenth Regiment from Pittsburgh PA; Sixteenth Regiment from Detroit, Michigan; Seventeenth Regiment from Atlanta GA; Eighteenth Regiment from San Francisco, CA; and the Nineteenth Regiment from Philadelphia PA. Continue reading

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100 Years Ago: A WWI Valentine’s Day

Old postcard of Moonlight Bridge, Newmarket NH and a horse-drawn carriage

The newspapers of February 1918 were an interesting mix of both normal and war-time notices. The cold weather of January had continued for an entire month. “February so far has proved to be as cold as it was January weather. Saturday it was 10 below zero, Sunday and Monday were still colder, and Tuesday morning it was from 20 to 25 below zero, with a stiff wind blowing, which made it seem still colder. What a winter!Continue reading

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The New Hampshire WWI Service Medal

New Hampshire’s WWI
war medal, minted by
William B. Durgin Co.

World War I (called simply ‘The World War’ at the time) officially ended on Armistice Day, 11 November 1918. In the ensuing months military that had been deployed in war time would return home to the United States. Draft boards were disbanded, and the focus shifted on how best to celebrate the returning veterans. In New Hampshire each city and town had their own welcome home plans, but at the state level it was decided to provide a certificate and a service medal to all those who had honorably served. Continue reading

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New Hampshire WWI Military: Heroes of Mont Vernon

Close up of Soldier’s Monument
in Mont Vernon NH showing WWI
veterans. Photograph copyright
Janice W. Brown.

On Tuesday September 9, 1919 the Nashua Telegraph newspaper conveniently published the following article on page 3. MONT VERNON. Sept. 9. The following is this town’s Roll of Honor of the men who served–in the World War and whom this place is to welcome back next Saturday. Out of a population of 225, eight enlisted: Everett C. Bates, Aviation; Homer E. Curtis, National Army; David H. Herlehy, National Army; Ernest T. Russell, National Army; 2nd Lieut. Howard Russell, aviation; Ernest L. Scott, National Army; Harold Trow, Signal Corps; Clement Stinson, S.A.T.C.; and George N. Orlando, of the Marine corps who gave his life for the country’s cause, being killed at the first battle of the Marne in France. One mother sent two sons, and a third was to be drafted just as war closed.” Continue reading

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New Hampshire WWI Military: Lieutenant Paul E. Corriveau USMC of Concord NH (1893-1918)

Paul E. Corriveau, photograph
from 1920 Memorial Yearbook at UNH

Paul Edouard [Edward] Corriveau was born 2 October 1893 in Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, son of Paul & Sarah (Patoine) Corriveau. Paul had siblings, Eugene Joseph (1889), Joseph, Peter Joseph (1892, m. Katherine Dowd), Albert (m. Alida C. Dufrene), Wilfred A.J. (1899-1919), Aimee Marie, Rose (1902-1976), Alice, Louis (1906-1968) and Evangeline.

Paul E. Corriveau grew up in, and attended schools, including high school in Concord NH. The 1910 United States Census shows him living at 27 Carter Street in Concord NH with his parents and siblings.  [Editor’s Note: On January 9, 2018 alumnae, students and others at Concord Senior High School dedicated a plaque to Vietnam heroes, and also rededicated plaques to other wars including WWI — see Facebook photos.]

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