New Hampshire WWI Military: Ensign Ray Rufus Averill of Wentworth and Warren

Ray R. Averill.
Courtesy of Cindy
Clancy. Please note
that this is not an
ensign’s uniform.

Wentworth and Warren are adjoining New Hampshire townships both of which are connected with the life of Ray R. Averill and therefore I need to credit them both. Ray Rufus Averill was born 10 Nov 1884 in Barton, Orleans Co. Vermont, son of Fred L. & Lizzie (Long) Averill. [Editor’s note: in the official naval records Ray R. Averill’s place of birth is shown as being Wentworth New Hampshire.  Many times a child’s birth would be recorded in more than one place.  In order to be inclusive here, I’ve connected him to both the place where he may have been born, and the town where he was laid to rest.]

In 1900 at age 16, he was already living on his own, boarding at a home in Laconia New Hampshire, and working as a laborer in a car shop. By 1910 he had moved to Somerville MA where, now aged 26, he was a fireman for the local railroad. Continue reading