World War I veterans

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Following the entry of the United States into World War I in April of 1917, numerous individuals who were residents of or otherwise associated with Albemarle County and Charlottesville served in the American armed forces throughout the course of the conflict.

The UVA alumnus James Rogers McConnell was an exception to the aforementioned trend, as he volunteered to fly with the Lafayette Escadrille (a French Air Force unit) in 1915, a full two years before the United States officially entered the war on the side of the Entente Powers.

Rolls of veterans associated with Albemarle County and Charlottesville


The following individuals from Albemarle County and Charlottesville were listed in Volume 3 of Soldiers of the Great War (compiled by W. M. Haulsee, F. G. Howe, and A. C. Doyle and published by the Soldiers Record Publishing Association in 1920) as having served in World War I and either been wounded or killed in action during the conflict.

Veterans from Albemarle County and Charlottesville who were casualties during World War I[1]
Lt. Randolph C. Stocker Sgt. Aubery Bernard Thacker Cpl. Wesley L. Glass Cpl. Dakota L. Watts Pvt. John C. Culin
Pvt. George D. Edwards Pvt. John W. Estes Pvt. Auburn S. Fisher Pvt. Marshall Scott Cpl. Frank W. Woods
Annie D. Reverley (nurse) Pvt. Eddie L. Harlow Lt. Robert H. Wood, Jr. Pvt. Franklin T. Wilkins Pvt. John B. Anderson
Pvt. Thomas P. Harrison Sgt. Edward W. Beal Pvt. Charles Ben Anderson Pvt. Thomas Carter Pvt. Ira Spradling
Pvt. Carl E. Marshall Pvt. George E. Craig Lt. Almeron W. Shanklin Pvt. Joseph K. Bobst Pvt. Robert L. Moore

Black veterans

A number of Black individuals from Charlottesville and Albemarle County were listed as having served in World War I by the “Visions of Progress: Portraits of Dignity, Style and Racial Uplift” exhibit that was organized by Professor John Edwin Mason of the UVA Corcoran Department of History and was on display at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library from 2022-2023. The exhibit showcased numerous portrait photographs belonging to the Holsinger Studio Collection that were commissioned by local Black individuals in the early 1900's.

Black veterans of World War I whose portrait photographs were included within the Holsinger Studio Collection
Alfred Washington Burnett Watson Daniel Brown Daniel Watson Horace Carter Miller Sr. Lafayette Johnson Frank W. Robertson

University of Virginia veterans

The following individuals who had attended the University of Virginia were listed on the Rotunda's World War I Memorial as having been killed in the line of duty during the conflict. The memorial's inscription reads "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them."[2]

Veterans listed on the Rotunda's World War I Memorial at the University of Virginia
Robert Dunaway Adams George Wayne Anderson, Jr. Adair Pleasants Archer Samuel Chandler Baker Andrew Beirne Blair, Jr.
Morris Fountaine Briggs Harry Whiting Brigham Andrew Courtney Campbell, Jr. Lucian Carr III Thomas Clay Carter, Jr.
Leroy Howard Clapp Paul Lee Cocke John Hayes Collett Robert Young Conrad Mortimer Park Crane
Thomas William Cumming Wilson Brown Dodson James Hodges Drake, Jr. Fritz Leopold Dressler John Patrick Driscoll
John Dunn IV Edward Cary Eichelberger James Heath Ewell, Jr. Leonidas Barkdull Faulk Lawrence Edward Flannagan
Robert Goldthwaite, Jr. Norborne Russell Gray Tom Dunbar Halliday Kensey Johns Hammond, Jr. John Randolph Harman
Walter Scott Hoen James Alfred Holden Peter Puryear Homes Frank Hough Alexander Pope Humphrey, Jr.
Charles Lafayette Kinney, Jr. Charles Clement Kite Walter Kiloh Knight Maurice Lentilhon Lequin Frank Nelson Lewis
Thomas Bayard Long John Lyon James Rogers McConnell Stephen Patrick McGroarty Judson McCune McManaway
Randolph Fitzhugh Mason Eugene Noble Mayer Victor Sharp Metcalf Farrell Dabney Minor, Jr. Joseph Simpson Monroe
Hawley Brownell Olmstead Estes Paine Francis Worth Payne William Lawrence Phillips Herbert Windsor Reed
Alexander Rives Seamon Vivian Slaughter Basil Sherwood Snowden Henry LeNoble Stevens John Stoddart
Charles Kremer Tuohy Elmer Hoover Van Fleet Eugene Russell Wheatley Victor McDowell Whitside Richard Bland Williams
William Ewing Boone Frank Palmer Christian John Cleburne Culin, Jr. Charles Benjamin Duncan William Alexander Fleet
John Ravenswood Hicks Edward Hammond Johnson John Marye Lewis Charles Oscar Maas Daniel Clovis Moomaw
Wyatt Rushton George Olin Tilghman Robert Hancock Wood, Jr. William Edward Word, Jr. Frank Leslie Young

Miscellaneous veterans

Miscellaneous veterans from Albemarle County and Charlottesville
John S. Graves Charles P. Nash Jr Hubert A. Stecker

Field nurses

During the war, the University of Virginia maintained a medical facility at Base Hospital 41 in Saint Denis, France. Numerous field nurses who had originally trained at the university worked there, including the Red Cross nurse Camilla Louise Wills (b. 1895), who sailed to France in July of 1918 and tended patients during the height of the influenza pandemic. In her diary, Wills wrote "There are so many awfully sick boys that we don't have any hours off duty during the day and work overtime at night. I am in the dressing room at present so of course see all the wounds, a gruesome sight."


  1. Web. World War 1 Casualties from Virginia, Soldiers Record Publishing Association, 1920
  2. Web. World War I Memorial, The Historical Marker Database, 08/14/2023