W.M. Haulsee -- F.G. Howe -- A.C. Doyle
Soldiers Record Publishing Association
We are very pleased to be able to provide this listing for your research. The following transcriptions are the Nebraska pages from a three-volume-set entitled "Soldiers of the Great War: Memorial Edition". The set was found in a dusty bookstore in Seattle by a USGenWeb Volunteer, Darilee "The Bookstore Lady". Darilee made a plea for volunteers to assist in the transcription of these pages to get them online and available to the researching public. What you will find below and on subsequent linked pages is the fruit of that labor.
Transcribed and designed by NEGenWeb's own Keith County Volunteer Coordinator, Susan Anderson, the information below is the text from the set's introduction pages, as well as information that will assist you in searching and understanding the list.The images on the left of your screen are scanned reproductions of the cover and introduction pages, that you may click on to view a larger version, as well as print for your own research records (these images are quite large and take some time to load).
Introduction, Page 1 (Volume Page 13) ---
"The purpose of this work is to present a record, complete and accurate, of the American soldiers who lost their lives in Europe in the World War.
"Before the Armistice was signed, which ended hostilities, the writer, then in training camp, was impressed with the importance and value of such a record as would permanently embody the sacrifices of the me who gave all for the cause of freedom on the battlefields of France and other fronts of the great conflict. The plan of the work was outlined and details for assembling the photographs and collecting other data for these volumes were worked out. The plan was made known to Mr. F.G. Howe, then engaged in war work in Washington, and to Mr. A.C. Doyle, who was in training camp. An Association was formed to assemble the data, compile and publish the work. Mr. Howe immediately began the collecting of materials and was laterjoined by Mr. Doyle. To them is due in large measure the success of launching the undertaking.
"We soon learned it would be impossible to obtain the photographs of all the soldiers who died in the great war. Many left no photographs, the relatives of many others were reluctant to part with the picture they had, and in some cases conditions were met most unfavorable to the enterprise, but with an abiding faith in the value of this record to the relatives and friends of the departed soldiers, and to the public as a historical record, the association continued its labors with an increasing degree of success. The collection of materials continued for the period of over one year, during which time they were made ready for publication.
"In all cases the best photograph available, in many instances
Introduction, Page Two (Volume Page 14) ---
the only one in existance, was procured. Some were not clear, while others were printed on photographic paper badly suited to reproduction, but despite these difficulties the record is measurably complete, and the results beyond expectations. A few photographs fo wounded men are included, where convenient in assembling the pages.
"As a supplement to the photographic record the official list of the men who lost their lives in the war is included. it has been accurately compiled from the Official Bulletin and its successor. While the list of names is based wholly upon the official reacords of the Government as shown in the official bulletin, the information accompanying the photographs is that given by the relatives of the soldiers. A strict alphbetical arrangement has been followed in the list of names, but owing to the manner in which the photographs had to be placed, an alphabetical arrangement was not practicable. It was also found necessary to place a supplement at the end of Vol. III, containing a few photographs from the different states, following which will appear an index giving the page on which all photographs not alphabetically arranged will be found.
"We are much indebted to the realtives and friends of the soldiers, to individual members of the American Red Cross and to numerous educational institutions of the country for cooperation in collecting photographs. Acknowledgement is also made of services and advice given by the officers of the Standard Engraving Company, and the Andrew B. Graham Company, both of Washington, engraver and printer, respectively, opf this work, in planning and outlining the contents of the volumes and the quality of workmanship and materials composing their mechanical make up.
"Throughout our labors in the preapration of these volumes it has seemed especially proper that a record such as this be made of the Nation's soldier dead. By their acts their names are indelibly inscribed upon the annals of American history; their glory is immortal -- part and parcel of the glorious history of America
Introduction, Page Three (Volume Page 15) ---
and of the world. We cannot add luster to their memory. We have only sought to keep bright in permanent form th memoryof their
noble sacrifice. It is our earnest desire that these columes shall be a constant reminder of the precious price paid by brave men
in a national crisis for liberty. May the citizenship of thie Republic be inspired with as lofty ideals in the perpetuation
of American institutions as were these men defending them!
Transcriptionist's Notes & Tips for Use:|
I have been so honored to work on the Nebraska pages of this transcription, and I hope that it assists many researchers in their work. I recommend to anyone using this index for the first time to take a few minutes to read the author's introduction (above). I think that learning about the process and mindset of the men who made this compilation possible will go a lo way towards understanding the listings from a technical standpoint, but also, in those days before technology, what an enormous undertaking and labor of love, respect, and reverence this must have been.
The pages containing the transcribed name lists are broken down by surnames beginning with A - E, F - J, K - O, P - S, and T - Z. You may use these links at the top of this page to get started, and you will find the links repeated at the top and bottom of each page so that you may navigate between pages easily.
The Page Number columns on each page may or may not contain a link for each person. The "Index Page" link will take you offsite so that you may view a scan of the page where soldiers are listed alphabetically. A "Photo Page" link will take you offsite to a page where you can search a scanned photo page for the listed soldier.
It is important that researchers note that not all listed soldiers have photos, nor do all soldiers listed appear in the volume's index. Some have links for both, and some have links to neither. Others, still, have a notation of "NSHS". This indicates that while transcribing, I have checked the volume's listing against that published by the Nebraska State Historical Society (NEBRASKA HISTORY AND RECORD OF PIONEER DAYS, VOLUME II, NUMBER 1, JANUARY-MARCH 1919). Names bearing the NSHS notation appeared in the NSHS list, but not the "Great War" volume's index -- although some of the NSHS listing have photos.
While I have made every effort to ensure that the transcribed listings are correct, there is always a chance that errors are not known as such, and have been duplicated, despite my attempts to avoid them. There are other notes addressing this possibility in the author's introduction text, above.
--Susan Anderson, Keith County NEGenWeb Volunteer Coordinator
Transcription Courtesy of: S.M. Anderson
Graphic © S.M. Anderson, 2004