New Hampshire WWI Military: Private Thomas Daudier of Manchester NH (1889-1918)

Dandier Thomas photo watermarkedThomas Joseph Daudier was born 1 October 1889 in Biddeford, Maine, one of 13 children, and son of Thomas & Madeline (Bois) Daudier. He grew up in Biddeford Maine, and by 1910 had married Rosealma Bastarache. They had one child, Conrad Daudier.

In 1917 Thomas Daudier and family had moved to Manchester, New Hampshire where he was working as a driver for the Manchester Coal and Ice Company. They lived at 447 Rimmon Street. He, like other men his age, filled out his draft registration card that same year and entered the military. He served in Co. H of the 325th Infantry, 163rd Brigade, 82nd Division. Continue reading

U.S. Airmail Service Casualty: Manchester NH’s 2nd Lieut. Jean Donat Grenier (1909-1934)

Jean Donat Grenier was born in  November 24 1909 in Manchester, New Hampshire,

2nd Lieut Jean Donat Grenier, photograph credited to the United States Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell AFB, Alabama; reel B2243. (Thank you Tom Hildreth)

2nd Lieut Jean Donat Grenier, photograph credited to the United States Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell AFB, Alabama; reel B2243. (Thank you Tom Hildreth)

the son of Canadian immigrants, Alphonse and Ursula Nora (Gadbois) Grenier. He grew up at 302 Cartier Street, and then later 370 Rimmon Street, receiving an elementary education at Hevey School.  He graduated from West High School in 1926, and went on to attend the University of New Hampshire, where he was active in sports.

He was an acclaimed boxer at UNH, winning most bouts during three years of varsity competition, fighting in the 160-pound class.  He was elected co-captain of the boxing team under Coach Pal Reed, with his brother Jacques (who was later director of athletics at Middletown, CT).  While at UNH Jean Grenier held the state amateur boxing championship in the 160-pound class, and earned three boxing letters at UNH for the years 1928, 1929 and 1930. Continue reading