When the United States entered the World War in April of 1917, the citizens of Peterborough rallied to service. Over 100 men joined or rejoined the armed service branches in some capacity. By the time the war ended, four gold stars would represent the heroic lives of those who would never return home–William H. Cheney, Edward F. Greene, Carroll D. Harpell, and David Johns.
Even before the war ended, service was being recognized on an Honor Roll made of wood, and hand painted by A.L. Holt. The board stood south of the Town House building on the west side of Grove Street. The names of those who fell or died in service were preceded by a gold star. An old postcard of that sign is shown here. On 11 November 1923 two bronze plaques replaced the wooden sign. My own list combing the names from both is shown in the honor roll directly below.