Concord, New Hampshire has four memorials to the heroes of WWI and yet many city residents are unaware of them. (There are five if you count the memorial in Doric Hall of the NH State House). This story, hopefully, will provide knowledge of these tributes, and where they are located so that both locals and descendants can find them.
The Concord City web site has general photographs of the three parks, but sadly does not show the monuments, mention any of these memorials, nor cite their location. I welcome comments and additions if you know of more commemorative plaques or memorials that are not mentioned here.
One WWI memorial is located at ‘Memorial Field,’ on 70 South Fruit Street. To view the small monument you must park and walk into the fenced in ball field area. You should see a plaque affixed to a boulder next to 3 tall flag poles. This monument was dedicated in 1936 to both those “who served in the World War” and those “who died in the World War.” Only those who died are listed. The City of Concord oversees maintenance of this site. [See below for inscription].
–FLETCHER MURPHY PARK–
A second memorial is Fletcher-Murphy Park (now called Fletcher-Murphy Play Lot) at 28 Fayette Street in Concord NH. This area was dedicated in 1937 to two nurses, Lucy N. Fletcher, and Teresa M. Murphy, Concord residents who died while serving in World War I. According to a closely placed sign, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 21 has adopted this location. Reportedly this monument originally sat near the center of the lot, but was moved to a corner when the park was renovated. The Concord City web site only mentions that there is a basketball court and playground equipment. [Thank you Suzanne Isabelle for correcting me on the Unit #).
–American Legion Post #31 World War I Memorial–
The third memorial is located in Penacook, and is the best known of the four memorials. It is located at 11 Charles Street, next to the American Legion Post 31. That monument consists of 3 parts attached to a marble background. On the left side is a memorial to those who served in WWI including names of both those who served, and those who died in service. The middle portion is a dark marble stone showing white-etched pictures representing various war service, and “Dedicated to All Who Serve” imprinted at the top. On the right side is a plaque honoring Penacook veterans of the Spanish American War and Philippine Insurrection. Just below this last plaque is a smaller one in memory of Nelson J. Laclair, first commander of the American Legion Post #31. Photographs and entire inscriptions of all names are included later in this post.
–Joseph Guyette Swimming Pool Memorial at Rolfe Park–
The fourth memorial is one that I wrote about a few months ago. It is located at the end of Dolphin Street in Concord NH. It was built in the 1930s, a swimming pool memorial tablet at Rolfe Park. The Concord City web site calls it “Rolfe Park Pool” (SHAME on them), but thankfully there is a marker. According to my earlier story, Private Joseph Guyette was a member of Company E, 103rd infantry, sent to France with his Division shortly after America declared war. He was only 19 years old. Joseph N. Guyette died on 16 June 1918. He was the first son of Penacook to lose his life in World War 1. [See photograph at top of page, and read more at the original article about the ‘Penacook Brigade.’]
My personal thanks to the very talented and generous Debbie LaValley of Boscawen who took and shared these photographs of the American Legion, Fletcher-Murphy and Joseph Guyette monuments; and also thanks to Borne and Elizabeth Mace, who took the photographs at Concord’s Memorial Field. These are all taken in 2016, and are under copyright by the photographers. Please do not reuse without their express written permission.
****INSCRIPTIONS on WWI MONUMENTS in CONCORD NH*****
—CONCORD (NH) MEMORIAL FIELD—
70 South Fruit Street, Concord, NH.
See more description above.
CONCORD MEMORIAL FIELD
DEDICATED TO THE MEN AND WOMEN
WHO SERVED IN THE WORLD WAR
IN HONOR OF THOSE
WHO DIED IN THE WORLD WAR
THOMAS H. ABBOTT
DANTE J. BARATELLI
SIDNEY W. BEAUCLERK [BEAUCLARK] JR.
ROBERT C. BECKETT
HERBERT H. BELL
WILLLIAM M. BOURDEAU
RICHARD K. CLARKE
HENRY A. COIT
RICHARD S. CONOVER 2nd
PAUL E. CORRIVEAU
WILFRED A.J. CORRIVEAU
JOHN E. DAVIS
HERBERT C. DREW
WALTER T. DREW
IRVINE J. FARLEY
LUCY N. FLETCHER
JOSEPH N. GUYETTE
CLARENCE A. HANLON
ROY S. HOLLAND
ALLEN HOLLIS JR.
HENRY F. HOLLIS JR.
ERNEST A. LAPLANTE
VICTOR W. LEMAY
JOHN P MANNION
JOHN T. MARTIN
GEORGE E. MATSON
CHARLES J. McDONALD
HAROLD W. McNEIL
CHARLES H. MOBERG JR. [NOT Mobert]
THERESA MURPHY [sic Teresa]
HAROLD R. ROGERS*
ARTHUR O THOMPSON
RAYMOND W. THOMPSON
HARRY H. TURCOTTE
RALPH A TURGEON
EARL V. WHIDDEN
LESLIE E. WHITMAN
ROBERT A. BROWN (Missing from stone but on official record)
—FLETCHER MURPHY PARK–
aka Fletcher-Murphy Play Lot at 28 Fayette Street, Concord NH.
See more description above.
In Memory of
LUCY N. FLETCHER
TERESA M. MURPHY
Who Gave Their Lives Serving In
The U.S. Army Nurse Corps 1918
Dedicated November 11, 1937
—AMERICAN LEGION #31 WWI MEMORIAL—
11 Charles Street, Penacook, NH.
See more description above
1917 — 1919
ERECTED BY THE
AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY
PENACOOK UNIT No. 31
IN MEMORY AND RECOGNITION OF
THOSE WHO SERVED IN THE
ABBOTT, CARL | FLORENCE, FRED
AMOR, JOHN | FOLEY, ANDREW
BABB, FRANKLIN | FOLEY, WILLIAM
BARTLETT, LESTER | FOLSOM, HARVEY
BASSETT, EDWARD | FORTIN, WILLIAM
BEAN, HAROLD | GAGNON, LEO
BERRY, GILBERT | GEBO, EUGENE
BERRY, WALTER | GREGG, GUY
BROCKWAY, GEORGE | HALE, ERNEST
BROWN, ROBERT A. | HANSCOM, EDWARD
BRODEUR, SYLVESTER | HANSCOM, SEWARD
BURNHAM, ERNEST | HARDY, HERBERT
CARNEY, EDWARD E. | HOUSTON, GEORGE
CARR, GEORGE | HOUSTON, WALTER
CASSAVAUGH, RAYMOND | HOYT, JEROME
CHENNETTE, JOSEPH | HUCKINS, BERT
CLARKE, MAXWELL | JACKMAN, RICHARD
CHARLETON, ROY | JOHNSON, EARL
COLBY, GEORGE | JONES, ROBERT
COLBY, RALPH | KEEFE, JOHN A.
COWEN, LEVI | KEENAN, ANDREW
CROSSLEY, ELLIS | KEENAN, LAWRENCE
CROWTHER, HOMER | KENNEY, ALLEN
CROWTHER, WILLIAM | KETCHUM, GEORGE C.
DAVIS, LENDALL | KETCHUM, HENRY J.
DECATO, GEORGE | KETCHUM, JOHN C. JR.
DENNEN, JOSEPH | KETCHUM, PERLEY A.
DREW, JOHN | KETCHUM, VICTOR H.
DRISCOLL, FRANK | LABEAU, CHARLES
DRISCOLL, GEORGE | LACOY, ARTHUR
DRAUNT, ROBERT | LACOY, ERNEST
DUDLEY, ROY | LADUKE, DAVID
DUDLEY, TRUEWORTHY | LAFOND, ALBERT
DYER, GEORGE | LAMARRE ELI JR.
DYER, PERVIS | LANDRY, GEORGE
FARRAND, EDMUND | LANDRY, WILLIAM
FENTON, WILLIAM | LESSARD, WILLIAM R.
PREVE, ARMAND JOHN | LE BLANC, EUGENE
LANNON, JOHN M. | RODD, JOHN Y.
LANOIX, ALPHONSE | ROLFE, RICHARD
LASSOND, EDWARD | ROLFE, RUSSELL
LASSOND, RICHARD | ROLFE, WALTER
LAVOIE, ARTHUR | ROMANOS, THEODORE
LAVOIE, LEO | ROMEYN, JAMES K.
LAVOIE, WILLIAM | ROY, HENRY
LECLAIR NELSON J. JR. | ROY, LEO
MAGEE, LEON | SARGENT, CHARLES C.
MASSE, CHARLES | SCOTT, EARL
MATOTT, FABER | SEBRA, LEON
MATTICE, RICHARD | SHEPARD, ALBERT
McGINNIS, JAMES | SIMONEAU, ALBERT
McNEIL, HAROLD | SIMONEAU, ERNEST
McNEIL, RALPH | SIMONEAU, JOSEPH
McNABB, ROBERT | SIMONEAU, USIBE
McQUE, EARL | SPEARMAN, ALFRED
MILLER, ARTHUR | SULLIVAN, FRANK J.
MILLER, EUGENE A. | SUPRY, GEORGE
MILLER, JAMES A. | SWEATT, RALPH
MILTON, GEORGE V. | TERRY, FRED VB.
MINER, CHARLES | TIERNEY, AGNES M.
MINER, LEO | TIERNEY THOMAS J. JR.
MINER, WILFRED | TRUE, FOSTER
MOORE, THOMAS | TUFTS, HARRY
MORRILL, EDWIN A. | VIRGIN, ANDREW
MORRILL, PERCY E. | WATTERSON, ERNEST
MORRIS, JOSEPH | WATTERSON, FLOYD
MULLIGAN, FRED | WATTS, LELAND
MULLIGAN, GEORGE | WATTS, LOUIS
MULLIGAN, WILLIAM | WELCH, ALFRED
PLANKEY, J. ELMER | WHITE, FRED
PROVOST, LEO K. | WHITE, WILLIAM E.
PROVOST, LESTER | WILMOT, HARRY
RHEAUME, PETER | YOUNG, HAROLD
ROBERTS, GEORGE | YOUNG, JESSE
PAPINEAU, FRANK | YOUNG, EDWARD
PAPINEAU, WILLIAM | SCANLON, JOHN
–DEDICATED NOVEMBER 11, 1924–
IN HONOR OF
SPANISH AMERICAN WAR
FRED KEEFE, Co. C [in box, so killed]
CHARLES T. BROOKS, Co C
WILLIAM J. CORBETT, Co. C
JAMES H. DRISCOLL, Co. C
JOHN E. FERRIN, Co. C
GEORGE C. NORRIS Co. C
GALE DUDLEY, Co. E
ERNEST ROYCE, Co. E
JOHN A. ROYCE, Co. E
JAMES H. WOOLEY, Co. E
JAMES E. FIFE, Co. G
NAPOLEON N. MINER, Co. G
EDWARD H. MACMARE, Co. H
ALONZO M. NUTTING Co. H
JOHN H. ROBERTS Co. H
THOMAS ROUSE Co. H
JAMES W. SHEA Co. H
JOSEPH A. FLORENCE, PHILIPPINES 26th IN.
JOHN T. PARKINSON PHILIPPINES Co. H 22 U.S.A.
FRED V. TERRY NAVY
In Memory of
NELSON J. LACLAIR
AMERICAN LEGION POST #31
—GUYETTE POOL at Rolfe Park—
GUYETTE (seal of US Army) POOL
In Memory of
JOSEPH N. GUYETTE
Co E 103 INF 26th DIV
ENLISTED APRIL 1, 1917 CONCORD NH
KILLED IN ACTION 15 JUNE 1918 XIVRAY FRANCE