Contributed by Sidney Clark
That a large number of Americans volunteered for British and Commonwealth forces in the Great War is well known. Much information is available online today , and here are some of the details I have been able to discover. This is a general introduction to the subject. Roads Editor Mike Hanlon has promised to present a number of the specific cases under the "Remembering a Veteran" heading in future postings.
Lieutenant George Roy Weber: 116th Bn., Canadian Infantry, who died on 23 July 1917 Age 25, Son of Margaret Weber, of 3756 Hogarth Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. and the late Joseph E. Weber. Private J. A. Williams: 13th Bn., Canadian Infantry, Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A., who died on 30 April 1917. Both Remembered with Honour, Vimy Memorial.
- Total American Burials in Commonwealth War Graves World War I Sites: 2,917
- Burials at Selected Cemeteries and Memorials
Site — Total Casualties — American Casualties
A Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery — 1535 — 12 Americans
Arras Flying Services Memorial — 990 — 10 Americans
Vimy Ridge — 11169 — 245 Americans
Menin Gate Memorial — 54406 — 177 Americans
Thiepval Memorial — 72198 — 66 Americans
Bertangles Communal — 1 — 1 American
- Oldest American Burial 50 years (1)
- Youngest American Burial Burials of 15 and 16 year old Americans in Commonwealth Cemeteries have been discovered, but we are rechecking the exact numbers. (Amended 1100 hrs PST, 5 Jan.)
Private John Reginald Love: 15th Bn., Canadian Infantry who died on 11 November 1917 Age 20, Son of Frederick Love and Emily J. (his wife), of 86 Charlotte Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. Buried with Honour Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.
- Selected Decorations to Americans
Military Cross — 12
Military Medal — 59
Distinguished Flying Cross — 1