New Hampshire WWI Military: The Heroes of Hancock

Circa 1918-1919 postcard photograph of the Hancock Public Library with WWI memorial.

Circa 1918-1919 postcard photograph of the Hancock Public Library with WWI memorial.

I recently purchased an interesting old postcard dating back to World War I days.  It displays a photograph of the (then) town library, along with a painted sign in the front yard.  The sign’s names are those of Hancock New Hampshire’s heroes of the World War or WWI as we now call it.

It was common during World War I for a town to place the names of participants on a wooden display, reverently painted by citizens, or a local artist. After a while  these memorials faded–weathered from the sun, rain, and snow.  Much of the time they were not replaced.  This seems to be the case in the town of Hancock. Continue reading