World War I, Belleville, N.J.
These 21 Belleville Sons are known to have died in the Great War:
Harry Benjamin Blekicki (Smith)
NOTE: Nearly one hundred years after the war, this tribute site to the fallen soldiers is still under construction. New sources and resources continue to arise and we dig into their depths for more information.
Victory statue in front of Town Hall, honors the Belleville sons ''who served in the World War, and in perpetual memory of those of their number who gave their lives in the service and whose names are here inscribed.'' Below, close up of names on above shield. Monument is located in front of Town Hall on Washington Avenue, Belleville, N.J.
Photos copyright © 2003 by Anthony Buccino, all rights reserved.
On May 29, 1929, a section of the St. Peter's Church rectory grounds at the corner of William and Dow streets was dedicated a monument to the memory of the men had lost their lives in the "several wars."
Five thousand people attended the ceremonies including John Barrett, the last of the Civil War veterans in Belleville; veterans of the Spanish American War and World War I; and members of the American Legion and its Ladies Auxiliary, as well as several other organizations.
The ceremony was described as beautiful and moving. The address of presentation to the church was made by John A. Matthews, and the speech of acceptance made by a former congressman, James Hammill.
Five thousand voices were raised to sing the "Star Spangled Banner," while Lt. Edward J. Lister of the Foreign Legion raised the flag to the top of the monument.
Bishop Walsh led the congregation in the salute to the flag, and then the crowd sang "Holy God We Praise Thy Name."
Taps were sounded in memory of the war dead, and a salute fired under the direction of Lt. Commander Morrow of the U.S. Navy.
Names of those inscribed in the monument who lay down their lives for their country included Harry Benjamin Blekike, Carmen Carruccio, Edward Crowell, Michael Augustus Flynn, Henry Charles Hoag, Edward Joseph Kane, Charles McGinty, Thomas Joseph Mooney, Michael John Murray, Charles Aloysius Schaffer, William Thomas Smith, Edward W. Stochman, and George John Kalvio.
This monument has since been relocated to a place of honor at the main entrance to the cemetery."
According to the American Battle Monuments Commission, of the 136,516 Americans that lost their lives during World War I, there were 4,452 Missing In Action.
The population of Belleville in 1920 was 15,696.
American Battle Monuments Commission
Belleville Historical Society, Edward O'Neil
Belleville Town Hall Victory Monument
Ed Morrows, grandnephew of Edward Crowell
St. Peter's Church, Belleville, New Jersey - 150 Years
State of New Jersey Dept. of State Div. of Archives & Records Management:
World War I Casualties: Descriptive Cards and Photographs.
The Belleville Times, Nov. 11, 1996, Richard Dickon, Editor
The Nutley Sun
The World Almanac and Book of Facts for 1921. Publisher: New York World-Telegram and Sun.
The Great War Society
A Place of Honor and Remembrance In the Home of the Brave
Belleville, New Jersey
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