Saint Albans & The Great War

The Saint Albans Museum is currently searching for information about the impact of World War I on our community. In 2017, we plan to highlight some of the artifacts and other material from our collections and archives related to ‘The Great War.’ There will be a series of articles and excerpts published on our website and social media as well.

SAM is also looking to members of the community to share stories and objects (photographs, newspaper clippings, war records, letters) from family members who served or participated in the war effort.

One of the best sources we have on file on an article entitled “Men in a Day” by Marquis James from the July 1928 issue of American Legion Monthly magazine (courtesy of Peter Regan.) It tells the story of the students and residents who formed Machine Gun Company, First Infantry, Vermont National Guard. Their headquarters were located in a room above what was then Cloverdale’s store on Main Street. Their commander was Captain Edward F. Smith, who served as the assistant to the Vice-President of his family’s company – the Central Vermont Railway.

We will share their story over the coming weeks and months. Do you have any information about these local men, mentioned in the article, who served?

Elmer Brackett
John Bushey
Howard M Clarke
Robert Corrigan
Arthur Daley
Dewey Daniels
Edward Doheny
Eugene Finn
Walter Finn
Arthur Garfy
Leon Gennette
Simon Godfrey
Paul Hurley
Eugene Laurier
Simon H Maloney
Cecil Neiberg
Clair Regan
Charles E Shanon
Harry Walsh
or others?

Donald R. Hyde
Joseph L. Hyde

Contact us today if you can help.

You can find additional WWI historical resources online from the Library of Congress and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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  1. Great to see this worthwhile project moving forward. Please add Clair Regan to your list of volunteers. Due to being underage in April 1917 he was unable to enlist with initial group who volunteered. Nonetheless he was persistent and found a way to win acceptance and in short order he joined his St. Albans High School buddies then training at Fort Ethan Allen. His story is told in the American Legion Magazine article cited. I have separately forwarded Clair’s picture in uniform from 1917 and a copy of the citation he received from LtGen Edwards, his division”s commanding officer, commending his service during the battle at St Mihiel in September 1918. Let me if I can assist in any way. Thanks, Peter Regan

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