New Hampshire WWI Military: Private Joseph H. Roberge of Manchester NH – Distinguished Service Cross Recipient (1889-1918)

roberge-herman-photograph-2-watermarkedJoseph Herman Roberge was born 8 November 1889 in Tingwick, Arthabaska, Canada, the son of Pierre & Rosalie (Cantin) Roberge. In 1891 they lived in Thetford Mines, Les Appalaches, Quebec, [listed as “Ermerz”] with older siblings Zephire, Wilfred, Joseph, Alfred, Angelina, and Ermidas. In 1901 he and his family were living in Windsor Mills, Richmond & Wolfe District of Quebec Canada In that year his siblings included Wilfred, Alfred, Angelina, Cermidas/Ermidas, Louis, Marie, Arthur and Joseph.

Pierre Roberge’s U.S. Border Crossing documents in 1924 indicate that he lived in Manchester NH from 1914 to 1917, and this is probably when Joseph H. accompanied his family to the city. In 1924 Armond, Joseph H.’s brother was living at 15 Notre Dame Avenue, Joseph’s former residence. Continue reading

New Hampshire WWI Military: Sgt Harold E. Dowd of Manchester NH (1896-1918)

dowd-harold-photograph-2-watermarkedEdward Harold Dowd aka Harold E. Dowd was born 2 Aug 1895 in Manchester NH, to John D. & Bridget “Delia” (Connor) Dowd.  Harold’s father John was by occupation a shoemaker.  In 1910 the family was living at 145 Pine Street, Apt #9.  Harold had two siblings, John F. and Matilda.

In 1917 when Harold completed his War Registration form, he was residing at 145 Pine Street Manchester NH.  At that time he was the
recruiting officer for the State of NH’s National Guard, as a non commissioned officer.  He listed he had served in the NG for 4 years.  He was of medium height and build, with blue eyes black hair. Continue reading