World War I Soldiers Remembered: Edward Robert Briesmaster

23 Feb
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Edward Robert Briesmaster ca. 1918

Edward Robert Briesmaster was born December 7, 1888 in Brooklyn, New York. Edward grew up at a home called “Elmington” in what was then Enright, Virginia. Enright is now part of the Manakin-Sabot area of Goochland. He was working as a herdsman at a dairy in Lewiston, Idaho where he was drafted for World War I at the age of 29. According to his Registration Card, we know he was single, tall and had grey eyes and brown hair. In July of 1918, he boarded the ship “Empress of Russia” bound for Europe and the war. Unfortunately, we don’t have much in the way of a service record for Edward because like a lot of the men and women, he did not fill out a questionnaire after the war.


Edward Robert Briesmaster’s mess kit

Edward moved back to Goochland after he returned from Europe and worked the dairy at “Elmington”. Along with his brothers, he later worked at Briesmaster Bros. Motors/Briesmaster Chevrolet in Crozier. He married twice and lived to be 82. He passed away on June 9, 1971 and is buried in Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Goochland.


Edward Robert Briesmaster’s uniform while on display at the History Center.

If you have any photographs of World War I service men and women from Goochland, please contact the Goochland County Historical Society. We would love to scan your photographs and add them to the World War I Commemorative Collection. Contact us at 804-556-3966 or at


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