Photograph of the Arlington
National Cemetery Tombstone of
Private Konstante Berestechki is a bit of a mystery. There are records that show that during WWI he served in the U.S. Army in Company A, 301st Engineers, and that he died of disease while serving overseas in Germany. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with honors, and credited to New Hampshire. His name is even listed on the Roll of Honor in Doric Hall of the New Hampshire State House. But who was he, how old was he, and where did he enlist?
Private Berestechki’s records show that he was born in Russia and originally inducted on 1 May 1918 into the U.S. Army. Konstante Berestechki was a Private in Company A, 301st Engineers when he was shipped from Brooklyn NY to Europe aboard the ship Katoomba. His service number was 2721820. He stated his residence as Wolynska Gut Russia, and his father as being Kondrat Berestechki. It was slightly unusual not to list a USA connection but this was not the first I’ve seen. Continue reading
Two sons of New Hampshire with the surname Castonguay served during WWI in the Canadian Army. They died in service 3 days apart. Their names are engraved on New Hampshire’s Roll of Honor in Doric Hall of the New Hampshire State House. These are their stories. Continue reading
WWI plaque and monument for
Concord’s WWI heroes at Memorial
Field. Photograph Elizabeth Mace,
used with permission.
Thomas Harold Whitcomb Abbott was born 13 July 1896 in Concord NH, the son of Francis U. & Alice A. (Toof) Abbott. He grew up in Concord attending the local schools. In 1900 and 1910 censuses he can be found living in Concord NH with his parents and siblings: Helen, Joseph Arthur, Mark F., Francesca and George F. Continue reading
Badge, headdress, British, Royal Scots (The
Royal Regiment) (INS 5249) cap badge
Badge in light bronze-coloured plastic in
the form of the Star of the Order of the
Thistle. In the voided oval centre St Andrew
and his saltire Cross with red
cloth backing insert, below which
is a scroll bearing the title
‘THE ROYAL SCOTS’. Copyright: © IWM.
Once again my WWI research necessitates a side trip. This time I happened across a newspaper article as follows: In the Portsmouth Herald newspaper of 14 Aug 1917, Tuesday, page 4: “Former Concord Man killed in action. Concord Aug 14.–Alan Walker, 23, who until quite recently was employed at the New Hampshire State hospital, was killed in action last May according to a list of casualties published in a newspaper in Scotland. Walker’s brother, Leonard has won the military medal.”
Allen McEwen Walker was not the easiest person to track down. The newspaper spelled his name incorrectly, though they did get the other details right. Allen M. Walker, like others who fought during World War I in non-U.S. Regiments, were usually not recognized on local and state memorials. As is this case for Allen, as he does NOT appear on the Concord NH WWI monument, nor in the NH State House Honor Roll. Continue reading
Herbert Edward Staples, son of John Edward & Ellen Frances (Edwards) Staples, was born 26 March 1891 in North Parsonsfield, Maine. He had siblings Nellie Frances, Grace, and Ora Bella.
Herbert’s father was a blacksmith, and he apprenticed with him in the small town of Shapleigh in York County, Maine. Continue reading