New Hampshire WWI Military: Heroes of Charlestown

Charlestown NH’s WWI plaque on the
back of the Civil War monument.
Photograph courtesy of
Richard S. Marsh.

In front of the Silsby Pubic Library in Charlestown, New Hampshire sits a memorial to both the Civil War and World War I.  The Civil War monument was placed earlier, unveiled on 6 October 1911. At that time there was no inkling that only a few years later another war, the World War, would erupt in Europe.

After the Armistice of 1918, a list was compiled and a bronze tablet bearing the names of Charlestown citizens who had served in World War I was added to the west face (rear) in 1929.  The monument reads as follows, with an asterisk (star) denoting the soldier who did not return home.  [Editor’s note, the comments in parentheses in the following list do not exist on the original monument, as they are notes I have added to show their service regiments.  The names in brackets are those who claimed Charlestown NH as their home but they are not listed on the Charlestown NH plaque]. Continue reading