Jun 04

100th Anniversary of World War I

Posted on June 4, 2018 at 4:10 PM by Tony Madeira

Please join us as Christine Pittsley, Director, Remembering World War One community archiving project leads a discussion on:

Remembering World War I :
Connecticut & Norwich
in the First World War

June 14, 2018
7:00 PM
City Council Chmabers
Norwich City Hall

May 11

World War I 100th Anniversary Commemoration

Posted on May 11, 2018 at 12:00 PM by Tony Madeira

World War I 100th Anniversary Commemoration

For the remainder of this year, 2018, the Norwich City Historian blog site will focus on the 100th anniversary of World War One and the role of men and women from Norwich in the conflict. An important event coming up is June 23rd - NORWICH DIGITIZATION DAY. Staff from the Connecticut State Library led by Christine Pittsley will be at the Otis Library from 10:30 am until 2:30 pm to digitize photographs and other documentary material from World War One.  There will also be a display in June of World One memorabilia at the Otis Library.
Fellow historian Dave Oat has kindly permitted me to post his article on William Durr, a young man from Norwichtown who died in action during the war. Although his body was never recovered, his name is inscribed in the chapel of the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France. In Norwich, the youth group at the First Congregational Church planted a memorial tree in his honor near Meetinghouse Rocks in 1919. The tree died in 2017, and was removed, but a granite memorial remains.

 Aisne-Marne American Cemetery France

Aisne-Marne American Cemetery

Chapel at Aisne-Marne Cemetery

Aisne-Marne Chapel

Private William Durr Monument
Private William M. Durr Memorial
May 11

World War I Honor Roll

Posted on May 11, 2018 at 12:00 PM by Tony Madeira

Norwich WWI Honor Roll in front of City Hall

This Honor Roll of Norwich men serving in World War I was placed outside City Hall. The American Red Cross maintained an Honor Roll for nonmilitary service.  After the war, participants could receive Certificates of Service from the State of Connecticut by applying to the Connecticut State Librarian. Those applications can be accessed through the Connecticut State Library website,