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Graveside Honors: Sergeant Robert G Farmer 1886-1918

On Memorial Day weekend, Ruth Ann Beck and her grandchildren went to Old Smithville Cemetery in Southport to honor WWI veteran Sergeant Robert G Farmer. Sgt Farmer died of pneumonia while serving at Fort Caswell.

They also stopped at the gravesite of his son, Arthur Latney Farmer (Navy), who was awarded a Silver Star in WWII when 14 enemy planes attacked his ship as he manned the machine gun.

Sergeant Robert G Farmer has been honored with a donation by Elizabeth A. Albee.

The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range are encouraging donors and supporters to honor Brunswick County WWI veterans by submitting photos of themselves at the gravesides. Use the Cemeteries list to locate gravesites for Brunswick County WWI veterans.

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Graveside Honors: John N. Smith Cemetery, Southport, NC

Source: findagrave
Peggy Harris and Maxine McCullar recently visited John N. Smith Cemetery in Southport to pay respects to Pfc William James Gordon.

William Gordon was honored by Peggy Harris in March.

See Honor a Brunswick County WWI Veteran: Donors for the full list.

Peggy and Maxine spent the morning searching the cemetery for William Gordon’s grave. Pfc Gordon’s headstone is on the ground, which makes it difficult to find. They called Judy Gordon, the co-leader of the effort to restore and preserve the 135 year old cemetery. She directed them to the location of his headstone.

Judy then showed them the headstones of WWI veterans Sheppard Campbell and James Clemmons. Both were also previously honored with a donation. Sheppard Campbell was honored by Carol Jutte; James Clemmons was honored by Patricia Steele.

Judy Gordon provided a list of additional names of WWI veterans buried in the cemetery.

Several of these were already identified as buried at Smith Cemetery on the Honor a Brunswick County WWI Veteran: Cemeteries webpage. Those not already listed can now be added. Identifying the cemeteries where the WWI veterans were laid to rest is very important in order to honor them, so we thank Judy, Peggy, and Maxine!

Most were on the Brunswick County WWI Veterans webpage. But three were not.

Harry/Henry Charlie Price

Henry was living in Georgia when he was drafted into the Army. Georgia is a state which has WWI Service Cards available online, and so had previously been searched for Brunswick County WWI veterans. However, his birth location is set as “Charlotte, NC” which as mentioned in several WWI Profiles posted, was a common mistake at the time for “Shallotte.” He can now be added to the Brunswick County WWI veteran list.

Fred Elmer Smith

The Department of Veterans Affairs Death File shows he served from Oct 1, 1918 through Dec 12, 1918. He did not show up in either the NC WWI Service Cards nor the Brunswick County Lists of Men Ordered to Report For Duty. He also can be added to the list. If anyone has information regarding his service, please contact Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range.

George A. Galloway

There are no records of NC WWI Service Cards nor Report to Duty lists. If anyone has information, please contact Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range.

Thanks to Peggy, Maxine, and Judy, we have more accurate records of Brunswick County WWI veterans. Any additions or information regarding Brunswick County WWI veterans is always welcome.

The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range are encouraging donors and supporters to honor Brunswick County WWI veterans by submitting photos of themselves at the gravesides. Use the Cemeteries list to locate gravesites for Brunswick County WWI veterans.

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Graveside Honors: Private George Finnis Willetts 1894-1956

Kenny Jones, Sue Jones Jordan, and Mary Willetts Earp are pictured here honoring their uncle, Private George Finnis Willetts, at his graveside in Sharon United Methodist Church Cemetery, Holden Beach, Brunswick County, NC.

Private Willetts has been honored with a donation by his granddaughters Darlene Willetts McGee, Joann Willetts Neal, and Beth Willetts Osborne.

The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range are encouraging donors and supporters to honor Brunswick County WWI veterans by submitting photos of themselves at the gravesides. Use the Cemeteries list to locate gravesites for Brunswick County WWI veterans.

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Graveside Honors: Private Frederick Arnold Willetts 1895-1972

Kenny Jones, Sue Jones Jordan, and Mary Willetts Earp are pictured here honoring their uncle, Private Frederick Arnold Willetts, at his graveside in Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery , Wilmington, New Hanover County, NC.

Private Willetts has been honored with a donation by his Great-nieces Sue Jones Jordan and Maggie Faulkner Harper.

The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range are encouraging donors and supporters to honor Brunswick County WWI veterans by submitting photos of themselves at the gravesides. Use the Cemeteries list to locate gravesites for Brunswick County WWI veterans.

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Graveside Honors: High Point, NC

Some supporters of Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range traveled to High Point to seek the gravesite of one of Brunswick County’s three WWI veterans awarded medals during their service: Corporal Curtis Lee Smith.

Corporal Smith’s WWI Profile had already been posted but until now, the details and picture of his gravesite were unavailable. His death certificate shows Floral Garden Park in High Point as the cemetery. If his gravesite could be located, then military honors could be verified.

Floral Garden Memorial Park (Cemetery Census) is 44 acres. There is an onsite office and files are available to offer an exact location of a grave. Because the information in findagrave for this cemetery indicated that phone queries could be a problem, an actual visit to the office was made instead. Maps to the gravesite were provided by a very nice gentleman in the office.

Below, the map of the cemetery indicating the correct section, followed by the map of the section indicating his gravesite.

Findagrave accepts GPS coordinates and Plot numbers, both of which were entered after the visit.

Corporal Curtis Lee Smith‘s gravesite is next to his wife, Mary Alice Jones Smith. Both pictures were added to findagrave.

His flat marker is not an official military marker but it does include the words, U.S. ARMY HERO, WWI.

Three Brunswick County men were awarded medals for their service in WWI. We now know the resting places for all of them.

    • Sergeant Forney Boston Mintz
      ★Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster

    • Private Benjamin Bantie Smith (Died of Wounds)
      ★Silver Star, British Military Medal

    • Corporal Curtis Lee Smith
      ★Silver Star

If you are interested in assisting with the discovery of gravesites, please read this post: Memorial Day 2018: Graveside Honors for more information.

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Graveside Honors: Navassa, NC

During the Memorial Day weekend, supporters from Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range traveled to Navassa to find some Brunswick County WWI veteran gravesites that were not yet located.

Their main hope was locating Manning Hall’s gravesite, a man from Navassa who gave his life during service. Manning Hall died while training at Camp Grant in Illinois. No death certificate for him could be found. But NC death certificates from members of his family placed their burials at Mount Calvary Cemetery. It seemed possible that he was buried with his family.

Mount Calvary Cemetery:
The cemetery was not marked and many of the headstones were unreadable. But there were signs it was still cherished and visited by some.

Manning Hall‘s headstone was spotted immediately. It is not a military headstone but mentions his service. It includes the statement “Erected by his wife Lillie Hall.” They had been married only six months when he died – three of those apart while he served his country.

MANNING HALL
Of Company 161 Depot Brigade
Born at Navassa, NC
Dec. 3, 1889 Died July 11, 1918
Erected by his wife Lillie Hall

Sadly, the gravesites of his family members were not found.

Manning Hall and his family will be featured in a World War I Profile, as will all of the fallen and wounded Brunswick County WWI soldiers. His story can now include his final resting place.

Several other Brunswick County WWI veteran headstones were found and their pictures were also added to findagrave. They include: Joseph Kinston, Mike Mosley, and Johnnie Willis.

Tony Lonnie Waddell’s gravesite was not found. His death certificate indicated he was to be buried in this cemetery.

Next stop was the Mears Cemetery less than a mile away. The Brunswick County GIS listing shows “Meares” but the sign posted at the cemetery shows “Mears.”

The cemetery, along a quiet road, seemed a peaceful resting place.

These Brunswick County WWI veteran headstones were found and their pictures were also added to findagrave: Harry Andrews, and Duncan Merrick. Duncan Merrick’s headstone is leaning as shown.

James Hayes’ gravesite was not found. The application for military headstone showed his headstone was intended for this cemetery.

Finding these headstones and documenting them here and in the planned book, as well as in findagrave is important. It allows their entire story from beginning to end to be told and not forgotten.

If you are interested in assisting with the discovery of gravesites, please read this post: Memorial Day 2018: Graveside Honors for more information.

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Graveside Honors: Boulder City, Nevada

DAR Regent Carol Jutte recently visited Southern Nevada Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada, to honor World War I veteran John Harold Wagner at his graveside.

John Harold Wagner was born in Pittsburgh, PA. He was a Machinists Mate 2nd Class Petty Officer, serving in the Navy during World War I from June 5, 1918 – February 27, 1919.

The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range are encouraging donors and supporters to honor Brunswick County WWI veterans by submitting photos of themselves at the gravesides. Use the Cemeteries list to locate gravesites for Brunswick County WWI veterans.

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Graveside Honors: Sergeant Henry Lindon Clemmons 1895-1960

Gwen Causey is pictured here honoring her grandfather, Sergeant Henry Lindon Clemmons, at his graveside in Prospect Cemetery, Supply, Brunswick County, NC.

Sergeant Clemmons has been honored with a donation by his grandchildren Gwen Causey, Stewart Clemmons, Elaine Wright, Julie Robinson, and Edwina Miras.

The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range are encouraging donors and supporters to honor Brunswick County WWI veterans by submitting photos of themselves at the gravesides. Use the Cemeteries list to locate gravesites for Brunswick County WWI veterans.

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Memorial Day 2018: Graveside Honors

Memorial Day is next week.
Many set aside the day to honor veterans at their graveside.

724 World War I veterans have been identified as born, raised, lived, or served in Brunswick County. We encourage you to include the WWI Brunswick County veterans in your Memorial Day plans or throughout the year.

If you take a photograph of yourself alongside a gravesite, the photo will be posted on the website.

A new webpage has been created to help assist in graveside honors.

Honor a Brunswick County WWI Veteran: Cemeteries contains two lists:

  • The 24 Brunswick County WWI veterans who gave their lives.
  • All known gravesites to date, sorted by location (Ash, Bolivia, Holden Beach, etc.)

Many of their final resting places have not been identified.

Would you like to help?

A book is planned to honor the Brunswick County WWI veterans. Cemetery locations should be included for all of the veterans.

To identify which veterans have unknown gravesites, use the Brunswick County WWI Veterans page. The blue button on the right side at the top of the website can also be used.

If there is no “Date of Death” then no gravesite has been identified.

  • If you find one of these graves, send the findagrave information to ftcaswellriflerange@gmail.com and the list will be updated.

Even if the gravesite has already been identified, there may be no photo. If there is a “?” after “Date of Death” then there is no photo of the headstone/flat marker.

  • Take photos of the headstone and/or military flat marker and send to ftcaswellriflerange@gmail.com

Please help us create a complete list of cemetery locations for the WWI veterans of Brunswick County.

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