New Hampshire WWI Military: Private George Clayburn of Piermont

Photograph postcard: “Arrival of Lightning
[78th] Division in Semur-en-Auxois” After
Armistice, 1918-1919. WWI Scrapbook, College
of William & Mary Digital Archive.

Piermont New Hampshire had less than 600 residents during World War I. Following that war the number of citizens would plummet to 475 by 1930 and then rise and fall until there was continuous slow growth beginning in 1980. The town sent around 10 men–its full quota that was less than 2% of its total population. Besides George Clayburn, those from Piermont who enlisted and were sent to Europe were John A. Ames (134th Field Artillery), George’s brother William Albert Clayburn (Co E, 14th Railway Engineers to Company D, 11th Engineers), Edward S. Lebeaux (Co K, 103rd Infantry), and Harry A. Wilson (Co. C, 103rd Infantry). Continue reading

New Hampshire WWI Military: Private Earl Bodge Clark of Barnstead

Headstone of Private Earl B. Clark
at Arlington National Cemetery.

Earl Bodge Clark was born 26 April 1896 in Barnstead, Belknap Co. NH, son and only child of Frank H. & Ethel (Bodge) Clark. He grew up there, attending the local schools. Earl registered for the WWI Draft on 5 June 1917 while living at Center Barnstead NH. He was 21 years old, single, and working as a leather finisher. His description was of medium height and build, with dark gray eyes and dark brown hair.

Earl served during World War I as a Private in Co. K, 309th Infantry, 78th Division. He and his battalion departed Brooklyn NY on 19 May 1918 for Europe. His Service number was 1749270. Seven months later he would be dead. Continue reading

New Hampshire WWI Military: Private Emile St. Hilaire of Berlin NH (1889-1918)

Emile St. Hilaire was born 1 June 1889 at Saint-Romuald, Levis, PQ Canada, the son of Procul & Arthemise (Nolin) St. Hilaire. His siblings included: Lea, Yvonne, and Marie Anna (who later married Ernest J. Perron).

Emile would have grown up and attended school in a village school in Levis Canada. His family moved to Berlin, New Hampshire after 1901 when they are shown in the Canadian Census in Levi, Quebec Canada, and before 1910 when the the family is established in Berlin, Coos County, New Hampshire. Continue reading

New Hampshire WWI Military: Private William B. Southmayd of Campton NH (1894-1918)

william-southmayd-2-watermarkedWilliam Baker Southmayd was born 20 July 1894 in Campton, Grafton County, New Hampshire, the son of Merrill Clark & Augusta A. (Moulton) Southmayd. He had siblings, Leon and Joseph.

On the same day that he filled out his World War 1 Registration form (5 June 1917) Willliam married in Campton NH to Ruth Esther Moulton, daughter of Dean L & Lizzie J. (Brigham) Moulton. Within a few months, he had gone through training and was sent to the battlefront in Europe.  They did not have children.  This same registration indicates that William B. Southmayd was of medium height and build, with blue eyes and brown hair. He was employed as a laborer for SD Tilton in Thornton, New Hampshire. Continue reading