Monthly Archives: February 2015

Sacrifice‘ – My New Project

The Canadian Cross of Sacrifice at Arlington National Cemetery

The Canadian Cross of Sacrifice at Arlington National Cemetery

During the First World War the American Expeditionary Force sustained over 53,000 battle deaths and over 63,000 non-combat deaths. The influenza pandemic in late-1918 and early-1919 alone claimed more than 45,000 American soldiers and sailors in Europe and in the United States.

These men were not the only American soldiers to die in the war.

From the earliest days of the war, American citizens volunteered—with men of other nations resident in the United States—for service with the Imperial forces of the British Empire. Even after the entry into the war of the United States in April 1917, American men enlisted into the British Army, the Canadian Expeditionary Force and, to experience a new mode of warfare, the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force.

The Graves of Private J Schofield, Writer T H Symons and Deck Hands H Thomas and W Kelly

The Graves of Private J Schofield, Writer T H Symons and Deck Hands H Thomas and W Kelly

Those who died serving with the Imperial forces are commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. In the United States there are 362 casualties of the First World War commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in cemeteries across 42 states. Many are United States citizens, others are citizens of the countries of the British Empire who had emigrated here, and a few are from other countries in Europe. Some died in France, Flanders, the United Kingdom and Canada and their remains were repatriated. Some were members of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force who died whilst serving in the United States.

Organised by State, Sacrifice aims to commemorate each of these men by presenting a short biography of each soldier, sailor or airman as a contribution to this centennial period.

All of the stories previously hosted here on my blog have now moved to the project’s website. Please visit Sacrifice.

The graves of Captain Angus Alexander Mackintosh of Mackintosh, younger; Major Hon. Charles Henry Lyell; and Captain Walter Frederick Fitch MC

The graves of Captain Angus Alexander Mackintosh of Mackintosh, younger; Major Hon. Charles Henry Lyell; and Captain Walter Frederick Fitch MC