I am very pleased to announce that our project Sacrifice has been endorsed by The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission.
The biographies of the four men buried in Louisiana are now complete. Two were covered in a previous post, the final two are Private Joseph Henry Wosikowski, Royal Marine Light Infantry and Private Francis George Thomas, Labour Corps.
It was satisfying to identify that Private Wosikowski’s name was spelled incorrectly on the Southampton war memorial and, having made contact with the War Memorials Officer at Southampton City Council, that is now recognised and his name will be added to the new glass panels at the memorial, correctly spelled.
I have been remiss in updating my blog with the progress of the Sacrifice project. In addition to completing the stories of men whose graves I visited last year or earlier this year, I have received great support from volunteers who have visited graves near where they live or where they have been on holiday.
The latest essays are those for:
Private Sylvester Williams, who served with No.2 Construction Company (Coloured) in France. He died of tuberculosis on 4 August 1919 after his return to Canada and is buried in Miami Cemetery, Corwin, near his home town of Waynesville, Ohio.
Cadet Arthur Richardson, Royal Air Force, who drowned in an accident on 4 October 1918 near Camp Mohawk, Deseronto, Ontario and who is buried in Bellefontaine Public Cemetery, Saint Louis, Missouri.
Leading Seaman Peter Beatty, Royal Navy, who was a gunner on the armed merchant ship SS Baysarua. He drowned on 22 July 1917 when the ship was alongside in New Orleans. He was buried in New Orleans in Cypress Grove Cemetery No. 2 but his grave was lost and he is commemorated in Greenwood Cemetery.
Seaman James Metcalf, Royal Naval Reserve, who was a gunner on the armed merchant ship SS Queen Helena. On 25 August 1918 when she was alongside in New Orleans, he fell off the ships gangway and drowned. He too was buried in New Orleans in Cypress Grove Cemetery No. 2 but his grave was also lost and he is commemorated in Greenwood Cemetery.