Honoring those who served in World War I

NOTE: A number of articles, photos and family memories about local World War I veterans may be found in the pages of the Rappahannock Record this week. Pick up a copy to view them all.

This list of 390 World War I veterans was compiled by researchers at the Lancaster Virginia Historical Society. Most of these men and two women were residents of Lancaster County at the time of the war, but some served from other hometowns and moved to the county later in their lives.

The American Legion’s memorial plaque at the courthouse provided 314 names and additional individuals were identified from sources including Virginia War Commission soldiers’ questionnaires, draft registration cards, death certificates, gravestones, family histories and period newspaper reports.

The two Lancaster women known to have officially served in the military were Lila Combs Chilton, an Army and Red Cross nurse, and Ruth Ingram Burrell, a Navy female yeoman.

While the U.S. Office of Veterans Affairs reported a total of 53,402 battle deaths and 63,114 other in-service deaths during World War I, only four Lancaster servicemen are known to have died in connection…


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