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World War I Soldiers Remembered: James Winfrey Hodges

22 Jun

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James Winfrey Hodges was born November 1, 1894 in Culpeper, Virginia. James’ father was Thomas Herbert Hodges and his mother was Ann Wolling James. James was a 22 year old farmer in the Irwin area of Goochland when he was drafted on September 19, 1917 and sent to Camp Lee. According to his Registration Card, we know he was single, tall and had brown eyes and dark hair.

He was inducted into service on September 21, 1917 and assigned to Co. C, 317th regiment, 80th division. He left Newport News, Virginia aboard the U.S.S. Mongolia on May 26, 1918 and arrived at Brest, France on July 8, 1918. Hodges fought in many of the major battles of 1918 including St. Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne. Hodges admitted to being “slightly” gassed on October 4, 1918 during the Meuse-Argonne battle. He was under medical care for three days and according to family papers, he was given papers to be picked up but instead, he went back to fighting.

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U.S.S. Nansemond

At the end of the war, Hodges travelled back to Newport News aboard the U.S.S. Nansemond on June 1, 1919 and was officially discharged as a corporal on June 12th of the same year. About his service, he wrote that his experiences during the war were “very good”.

Hodges returned to Goochland and farming. On October 22, 1924, he married Margaret Winston Perkins together they had several children. On January 19, 1964, James passed away at the age of 69 and is buried in the Perkins Baptist Church cemetery in Goochland.

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 goochlandhistory@comcast.net.

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World War I Soldiers Remembered: Bland Selden Hobson Goddin

7 Jun

Not all who served in World War I were soldier or male. Once such Goochland who served her country in a different way was Bland Selden Hobson Goddin.

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Bland Selden Hobson was born December 9, 1893 to John Cannon Hobson and Annie Camp of Howards Neck in Pemberton, Virginia. Bland was a stenographer at Gibson, Moore & Sutton in Richmond, Virginia. As the war clouds began to appear, Bland enlisted with a hospital unit in Richmond. This unit would eventually be turned over to the War Department under the command of Dr. Stuart McGuire and became Base Hospital 45.

On August 24, 1918, Bland boarded the “Adriatic” in New York City, bound for Liverpool, England, where she arrived on September 3, 1918. The next day, she boarded the ship “Gloucester Castle” in Southampton, England and sailed for Le Havre, France. From Le Havre she traveled to Paris and then finally to the site of the Base Hospital #45 in Toul, France. The Base Hospital that Bland was assigned to as a stenographer was very close to the front. According to Bland’s war record, she “was stationed in a hospital eight miles back from the firing line”. Base Hospital 45 was located in the advance zone and was rarely empty. The St. Mihiel offensive which happened shortly after the camp was opened would see 8,000 wounded go through the camp in four days. In October of the 1918, influenza brought in another 4,000 patients. About her experience overseas, she wrote “I saw only the result upon the wounded boys brought in for attention and they were always cheerful and plucky except in cases of shell shock which were pitiful in the depressive effect upon the minds of the boys” and “It has made me see the blessings of American citizenship.”

The Armistice was signed in November of 1918 but Bland was not among the group that left early. She stayed with the hospital and is listed among some of the last to leave, arriving back aboard the “Agamemnon” at Hoboken, New Jersey on March 11, 1919.

Bland married shortly after arriving back in the U.S. On November 25, 1919, she married her pre-war sweetheart, Alfred Parker Goddin. Bland passed away on July 26, 1950 at the age of 56 and is buried in Hollywood 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 goochlandhistory@comcast.net.

To read more about U.S. Army Base Hospital 45, visit the VCU Libraries Gallery: U.S. Army Base Hospital No. 45 in the Great War

To read more about Bland Selden Hobson Goddin, read Goochland County Historical Society Magazine Vol. 21 “A World War I Memoir” by Bland Hobson Goddin and Vol. 48 “Home Front, Overseas Letters” (3 letters).  Available for purchase at the Historical Center and online: Vol. 21, Vol. 48.

World War I Soldiers Remembered: Sidney Dillard Hensley

25 May

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We don’t know much about Hensley’s service record since it seems as if he never filled out a Military Service Record questionnaire after the war. We do from his grave marker that he was a corporal in Company B, 61st Infantry.

After the war, Hensley returned to Richmond and he worked on the railroad. He later met a Goochland girl, Isabelle Layne, and they married, had a daughter and moved to Goochland. He worked as a guard at the State Farm (James River Correctional Center) until his death. He passed away on April 11, 1958 at the age of 64 and is buried in the Greenwood Memorial cemetery in Goochland.

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 goochlandhistory@comcast.net.

World War I Soldiers Remembered: Frank Malvin Henley

11 May

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Frank Malvin Henley was born March 26, 1892 in Goochland, Virginia. His parents were Archer and Cora Henley. Frank’s job before the war was as a telephone line repairman with C&P Telephone Company. According to his Registration Card, we know he was single, tall and had gray eyes and light hair.

He was inducted into service on May 16, 1918, assigned to the engineer section of the U.S. Army in Co. D, 29th Regiment. He left New York on July 8, 1918 on board the S.S. Toloa and arrived at Brest France on July 21, 1918.

Henley arrived back in the United States aboard the Princess Matoika on April 27, 1919. We know very little about his service in World War I because like many of the soldiers, he did not fill out his Military Service Record completely.

After the war, Henley took up residence on Hanover Avenue in Richmond and worked as an electrician in the city. Sadly, while Henley survived the battles of World War I, the war would follow him home and take his life here. While in France, Henley apparently contracted tuberculosis. The disease would end his life at the age of 32 on October 27, 1924.  He is buried in the Dover Baptist Church cemetery.

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 goochlandhistory@comcast.net.

World War I Soldiers Remembered: Arthur Bryan Henley

4 May

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Arthur Bryan Henley was born August 26, 1897 in Goochland, Virginia. Arthur’s father was Erastus Henley and his mother was Mary Lou Alvis. Arthur was a 21 year old farmer living with his parents in the Sabot area of Goochland. According to his Registration Card, we know he was single and had grey eyes and dark hair.

He was inducted into service on September 5, 1918 and sent to Camp Lee, Virginia, assigned to the 97th Provisional Company. In the margin of his Military Service Record, Arthur wrote that his “outfit were replacement troops, no division.” He left Norfolk, Virginia on October 27, 1918. Arthur boarded the USS Koningin der Nederlander, a Danish ship that had been seized by the U.S. Government for service after entry into World War I. He arrived at Brest France on November 9, 1918. Shortly after he arrived in France, he was transferred to Pont Leroy, France.

Henley arrived back at Newport News aboard the U.S.S. George on February 23, 1919 and was officially discharged on March 8 of the same year. About his service, he wrote “I believe it has been a great help to me both mentally and physically.”

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Arthur Bryan Henley’s home, still standing as of 2018.

Arthur returned to Goochland where in 1927 he married Mabel Gathright. He remained a farmer for the remainder of his life. He passed away on March 27, 1977 at the age of 80 is buried in the Goochland Baptist Church cemetery.

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 goochlandhistory@comcast.net.

World War I Soldiers Remembered: Leroy Daniel Ford

27 Apr

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Leroy Daniel Ford was born May 21, 1896 in Goochland. His parents were Lee Ford and Minnie Keeton. Leroy was a 21 year old machine operator living in Richmond when he was drafted on June 28, 1917. According to his Registration Card, we know he was single, tall, of medium build and had gray eyes and dark brown hair.

He was inducted into service on June 28, 1917 and sent to Fort Monroe, Virginia, assigned to the Coast Artillery. The following was written by Leroy Ford and is in the records of the society.

“I enlisted in the coast artillery in June 1917. Was sent to Fortress Monroe for training. They called for volunteers there for over sea service and 9 volunteered and was sent to Camp Mills, New York, and left there for France Aug. 18, 1917. We sailed on the Covington. It took us 13 days to cross over. We were shot at once by torpedoes but not hit. We landed at St. Nazare (Saint-Nazaire), and stayed there 7 days. From there went to Moeire (sic), was there two weeks, from there went to Savoy. Was on guard duty there. Went from Savoy to Aucavoir (sic). I spent my first Christmas over seas there. We were hiking here, snow up to our knees, from 7 am to 9 pm. Would cover from 18 to 20 miles. From Aucavoir (sic) to Rollin Point. Stayed here 35 days. We went to school here to learn traffic duty. Went from Rollin Point to Luneiville (Lunéville) Sector 22nd Feb. 18 to 24 March 1918. Baccarat, 24th Mar. St. Clement Sector 24th Mar. to June 15th 1918. We held the trenches here Champagne-Marne Defensive 15th July to 18 July 1918. Aisne-Marne Offensive 18th July to 6th August 1918. St-Mihiel Offensive 12th and 13th Sept. 1918. Minor operations were 14th Sept. to 25th Sept. 1918. Operations between Meuse and Moselle (Meuse Argonne Offensive) 26th Sept. to Nov. 11 1918. Army of occupation 27th Nov. 1918 to April 1919. Was discharged from service at Camp Meade May 6 1919. Leroy D. Ford”

Ford arrived back at Hoboken on April 2, 1919 and was officially discharged on May 6 of the same year. Leroy returned to work in Richmond and married Lelah S. in October of 1919. They remained married until her death in 1991. Leroy passed away on May 2, 1995, at 99 years of age. He is buried in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.

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Leroy Ford after the war.

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 goochlandhistory@comcast.net.

World War I Soldiers Remembered: Claude Raymond Faudree

20 Apr

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Claude Raymond Faudree was born December 12, 1894 in Johnson Springs, Virginia. Claude’s father was William Rice Faudree and his mother was Zelmira Pendleton Childress. Claude was a 22 year old farmer when he was drafted on September 19, 1917 and sent to Camp Lee.

He was inducted into service on September 19, 1917 and sent to Camp Lee, Virginia, assigned to Co. C, 317 infantry, 80th Division. He was a private and became the company cook. He left Newport News, Virginia on May 26, 1918 onboard the USS Mongolia. He arrived at Brest France on June 8, 1918. Shortly after he arrived in France, Claude proceeded to Calais and Somme. He participated in several battles: Somme offensive, St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne, better known as the Battle of Argonne Forest, the largest battle in United States military history. He was awarded the Victory Service Ribbon and the Bronze Star.

After the war, Faudree traveled back to Newport News aboard the Nansemond on June 7, 1919 and was officially discharged on July 13 of the same year. About his service, he wrote “war is a very sad thing and to kill a man that loves his life as well as you…is a hard thing to do some times.”

Faudree returned to Johnson Springs and to farming. He married Geneva Corine Childress and fathered three children. He passed away on December 28, 1931 at the age of 37 from stomach cancer and is buried in the Goochland Baptist Church cemetery.

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 goochlandhistory@comcast.net.