On November 11, 2017, The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range began the year-long commemoration of the end of World War I. A memorial to Brunswick County WWI veterans is planned for November 11, 2018 at the site of the 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range.
It’s been about two months since “Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran” began. Much has happened.
The 700+ Brunswick County WWI veteran names were gathered from records and the list was created on the website. Click here for the list or use the blue button on the side of every page. Click here for the list of donors and the veteran they honored or use the blue button on the side of every page.
To date, 110 veterans have been honored with a donation.
A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) was created to assist in choosing a veteran to honor.
A design for the WWI Memorial for Brunswick County veterans was chosen, based on a sketch by Helen Radcliffe.
A logo was created.
The following WWI Profiles about Brunswick County veterans were posted to the blog using historical documents. Except for Nurse Williams, profiles are focused on veterans who were Wounded, KIA, Died of Wounds or Disease. More profiles are planned. Subscribe or visit the website often!
Dorman L. Mercer, probably the longest living Brunswick County WWI veteran (Dorman passed away in 1996 at age 102).
Susan Adkins Williams, the only known WWI nurse born and raised in Brunswick County.
From the 365th Infantry, 92nd Division “Buffalo Soldiers”
William Frederick Brooks
William James Gordon
Robert Bollie Stanley, Brunswick County’s only known POW.
From the 105th Engineers, 30th Division “Old Hickory”
Lawson Devaun Ballard
George Harker Hewett
Harvey T. Chadwick
Thedford S. Lewis
Norma Eckard, president of Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range, spoke to the Brunswick County Historical Society. Local media reported.
November 23, 2017; Brunswick Beacon:
Club Profile: Brunswick County Historical Society
November 29, 2017: State Port Pilot:
Great War vets honored
December 15, 2017: Star News:
Ft Caswell Rifle Range subject of talk
Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range received a large donation. This story was posted on the blog, plus published in the Brunswick Beacon.
The local media has shown interest in sharing the WWI veteran profiles. The profile on Nurse Susan Williams was included in these newspapers.
December 28, 2017; Brunswick Beacon:
A World War Profile of Susan Adkins Williams
December 30, 2017; Star News:
Southport’s Nurse Williams served in WWI
January 31, 2018; State Port Pilot:
World War I stories part of monument effort
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