World War I Soldiers Remembered: Harry Briesmaster

1 Mar

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Harry Briesmaster ca. 1918

Harry Briesmaster was born October 31, 1892 in Brooklyn, New York. Harry was a 24 year old auto mechanic in Crozier when he was drafted on May 27, 1918 and sent to Camp Lee. According to his Registration Card, we know he was single, tall and had dark brown eyes and dark brown hair. Frederick’s father was Edward Briesmaster and his mother was Helen Wilke, both from Prussia.

According to his Military Service Record, he was inducted into service on June 12, 2018 and sent to Camp Lee, Virginia, assigned to Co. A, 11th Battalion, Depot Brigade. He transferred into Co. I, 12th Battalion, Infantry Training Center. He was promoted from Private to Corporal and then to Sergeant. He was discharged at Camp Lee on December 21, 1918

Harry returned to Goochland and resumed his profession as an auto mechanic. Along with his brothers, he was a part of Briesmaster Bros. which eventually became Briesmaster Chevrolet. He married Leita Ellis, his wartime sweetheart, in 1923. They remained married until her death in 1980. Harry passed away on January 31, 1986, at the age of 93 and is buried in Riverview Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.

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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