World War I Soldiers Remembered: Edward Robert Briesmaster

23 Feb
Eddie Briesmaster post

Edward Robert Briesmaster ca. 1918

Edward Robert Briesmaster was born December 7, 1888 in Brooklyn, New York. His parents were Edward Briesmaster and Helen Wilke, both immigrants from Brandenburg, Prussia. 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 vulcanizer at the Kaddatz Tire Company in Lewiston, Idaho. He was drafted on March 27, 1918 at the age of 29. According to his Registration Card, we know he was single, tall and had grey eyes and brown hair.

On June 27, 1918, he boarded the ship “Empress of Russia”, anchored in Hoboken, New Jersey and sailed for Europe and the war. He arrived at Brest, France on July 14, 2018. Edward participated in several key battles during his time in Europe including Saint-Mihiel, Argonne Forest and Ypres, Belgiam. According to his post-war questionnaire, he was gassed in Ypres and was under medical care afterwards. In December of 1918, Edward sailed back to the United States aboard the Vaterland.


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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