The History of New York State
Editor, Dr. James Sullivan
Online Edition by Holice, Deb & Pam
|#1 "The Municipality of
Buffalo--A History: 1820-1923." Henry W. Hill, Vol. 11, pp.
#2 "Buffalo's Part in the World War," by Daniel J. Sweeney, 1919, p. 96.
City Clerk's Department.
Buffalo, Dec. 29, 1919.
Hon. Henry W. Hill,. President Buffalo Historical Society:
MY DEAR SENATOR:--In conformity with your suggestion, I have outlined here just what the city did in the matter of obtaining a record of the men and women of Buffalo who served in the military and naval branches of the Untied States Government during the World War. The total number of whom we have a definite record ia 18,959. We have Draft board records which trend to show that possibly a few more than 2,000 in excess of that number entered the service from Buffalo, but as we are unable to find any record of their residence or of relatives here, we have concluded that, for the most part, they were men employed temporarily in Buffalo, or working on the Great lakes, who happened to be here at the time of registration under the Selective Service Act, commonly known as the Draft law. Those is us who were closely connected with that draft work can readily appreciate that a large number of men whose residences were outside the city registered here; in fact, upwards of 7,000 men were registered at the City Clerk's Office and their registration cards were forwarded to addresses outside of this city.
Inasmuch as the Federal government has made no effort to localize its records, it will be probably sometime before the actual definite number of men bona fide residents of Buffalo, will be set down, but for present purposes, it is sufficient to say that approximately 21,000 men entered the service of the Army, Navy, Marines, and Red Cross from the city of Buffalo, and of that number, we have the compete record of 18,959, divided as follows:
We have included in the 108th Infantry those who served overseas with that regiment through the Mount Kemmel, Hindenburg Line and St. Souplet engagements, and have included in the 106th Field artillery the Buffalo men who went overseas with that regiment and particularly those who took part in the artillery's cooperation with the 33rd. division in the Meuse-Argonne engagements, in the vicinity of Verdun. In the Red Cross we have included the Y. M. C. A., K. of C., and Jewish Welfare Secretaries, and the Buffalo chaplains.
Very truly yours,
D. J. Sweeney, City Clerk.
The History of New York State, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1927
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