New Hampshire WWI Military: Army Nurse Corps Teresa Margaret Murphy of Concord NH (1891-1918)

Photoprint U. S. Army Base Hospital Number 3, Vauclaire, France: Outside ward building, No. 9. World War I. (Where Teresa M. Murphy was stationed).

Photoprint U. S. Army Base Hospital Number 3, Vauclaire, France: Outside ward building, No. 9. From the U.S. National Library of Medicine. (Where Teresa M. Murphy was stationed during WWI. Unidentified nurse and soldiers in photograph).

Up until the posting of this story, very little  has been written about Teresa Margaret Murphy, a hero(ine) of World War I. Every few years she is briefly mentioned in Concord New Hampshire newspapers. Those articles always say that information about her is scarce, that she is practically unknown.  Today, 98 years after she died, her biography is long overdue.

Teresa Margaret Murphy was born in Markethill, County Armagh, Ireland on 31 October 1891 to Thomas and Ellen (Heaney) Murphy of the same place. The village of Markethill today is still a rural town in Northern Ireland, close to Gosford Forest Park, situated 41 miles south west of Belfast, and 7 miles south east of Armagh. Continue reading

New Hampshire WWI Military: Private William M. Bourdeau of Concord, NH

Bourdeau William Moses watermarkedWilliam Moses Bourdeau was born on 16 July 1895 in Concord, Merrimack Co., New Hampshire, son of Frank & Josephine (Gouthier) Bourdeau. Frank had been born in Canada, and stated he had been naturalized to become a citizen.

William was the fifth of eleven children in the Bourdeau household, his siblings who lived to adulthood being Mary Georgianna, Joseph Francis, Simon Ira, Estelle, Thomas Francis, John Henry, George Arthur, Auguste Anthony, and Adelard Joseph.

He grew up in, and attended Concord NH schools. His parents lived first at 73 South Spring Street, and later at 178 Pembroke Road, and 44 Downing Street. Continue reading