The WWI soldiers in these biographies were credited to a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire. WWI deaths were attributed to a specific town based on a variety of criteria that was not always consistent from town to town. Their attributed location could have been their birth place, or where they married, or where they registered for the World War I Draft. Other reasons were they indicated the town as their last known address, or noted some next of kin or friend living there during wartime.
I’ve made every attempt to identify these heroes of World War I, and have placed some of them in this County Heroes list in order to recognize them. If you find them here, then their name appears on the New Hampshire WWI Honor Roll, in Doric Hall, State House, Concord NH (unless otherwise noted). Let us not forget!
Heroes of ROCKINGHAM COUNTY
(Died in Service)
Raymond E. Walton
Attributed to Seabrook, Rockingham Co. NH
Raymond Everett Walton was born 16 August 1895 in Seabrook NH, son of Edward H. & Abbie (Beckman) Walton. In 1900 and 1910 he is shown in the census living with his parents and siblings John Samuel, Edward H., Grace E., and Laura A. Raymond Walton’s WWI Registration form was completed on 5 June 1917 at Seabrook, NH. He was a trackman for the Mass. Northeastern Railroad (Haverhill MA). He was single, of medium height and build with blue eyes and brown hair. The U.S. Military Transport Passenger List shows that he was a Private in Co. K, 309th Infantry, 78th Division, and departed Brooklyn NY on 19 May 1918 aboard the ship Mentor bound for Europe. His military number was 1,749,002. He was Killed in Action in France on 1 Nov 1918. He would have initially been buried near where he fell. When the war ended his remains were returned to the United States at the request of his family, and on 6 August 1921 Raymond E. Walton’s body was returned to the United States on the ship Wheaton. I have not yet located this burial place, but probably in Seabrook NH or in his family’s burial plot. Raymond E. Walton American Legion Post No. 70 created in his honor. The Seabrook NH Historical Society has a photograph of him, for I read that in 2018 coins featuring Walton on one side were minted and sold.
[Editor’s Note: this story is part of an on-going series about heroic New Hampshire men and women of World War I. Look here for the entire listing].