Manchester NH’s First Casualty of WW1: Pvt. Henry John Sweeney (1897-1918)

Henry J. Sweeney is a name fairly well known to many of the citizens of Manchester,

Bust of Pvt. Henry J. Sweeney in Manchester NH's Sweeney Park

Bust of Pvt. Henry J. Sweeney in Manchester NH’s Sweeney Park

New Hampshire.  The Henry J. Sweeney Post (American Legion) is active in the city, and the park of the same name on Manchester’s west side (South Main Street) is well kept and popular.

What most people don’t realize is that Henry John Sweeney grew up very close to the park the bears his name–first at 89 Fourth  Street (1902-1907) and then in the large tenement building at 74 Clinton Street.  (1908-1911).  The family did not move to the Douglas Street address until 1914. Continue reading