SAINT MARK'S SCHOOL
IN THE
WAR AGAINST GERMANY

EDITED BY

ALBERT EMERSON BENSON, '88

PRIVATELY PRINTED
FOR THE SCHOOL

MDCCCCXX

EDWIN AUSTIN ABBEY, 2ND.

 

Dedicated to

THE MEMORY OF
THE BOYS OF SAINT MARK'S SCHOOL
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE
WAR AGAINST GERMANY

EDWIN AUSTIN ABBEY, 2ND
OLIVER AMES, JR.
JULIAN CORNELL BIDDLE
ADDISON LEECH BLISS
WILLIAM VERNON BOOTH, JR.
WILLIAM MORTON BUNTING
WILLIAM HALSALL CHENEY
CHARLES DERHAM, JR.
RICHARD MATHER JOPLING
EDWARD KEMP, JR.
SAMUEL PIERCE MANDELL, 2ND
GEORGE ALEXANDER McKINLOCK, JR.
RICHARD MORTIMER, JR.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PEPPER
RALPH SANGER
NATHANIEL STONE SIMPKINS, JR.
MOSES TAYLOR, JR.
JOHN BRODHEAD VAN SCHAICK
HOLYOKE LEWIS WHITNEY
FRANCIS APPLETON WOOD

 

PREFACE

IN October, 1919, a request for the record of every living St. Mark's graduate and master who served in the war against Germany was sent out in the following terms:

"Service in the army or navy of the United States, or the Allies, or 'auxiliary service.' The last includes volunteer ambulance and relief service abroad both before and after this country entered the war, and work abroad in the Red Cross, Y.M.C.A., and similar organizations. A concise statement is wanted, giving organization with which one is or was connected, dates of entering and leaving the service, rank on enlistment or entering, changes and promotions with dates, distinctions won, battles engaged in, casualties suffered, and copies of citations."

The following records are the result of this inquiry. Omissions are somewhat frequent throughout; but in view of the distinctness of the request printed above, it has usually been assumed that these are intentional or unavoidable. Abbreviations of the names of organizations have almost invariably been used by the writers; and although a second inquiry has been made in every case where there seemed room for doubt as to the meaning, the present somewhat unsettled usage in this matter may have caused unsuspected errors. Authentic corrections of such errors or of any others will be very thankfully received.

The question as to whom to include in our record was a very difficult one, involving as it did the answers to two others: what does "served in the war" mean; and what period of residence at St. Mark's should decide whether a boy ought to be regarded as an alumnus of our school, or of some other attended before or afterwards. Inasmuch as practically all our alumni helped in some way or other to win the war, the limits of our formal record of service were necessarily defined as above. But the second question was more difficult, and had much less tangible implications. It was felt, however, that if a boy had spent only a short period in the School, or had graduated from another school and not St. Mark's, we could not claim his record as our own. In this way we are obliged to deprive ourselves of the splendid records of many men, of whom two at least made the supreme sacrifice for their country.

It should go without saying that as the book is compiled for the historical value of the records of our graduates, and is dedicated to the sacred memory of those of them who died, its true mission is to the St. Mark's boys of the future. The value of the School lies in that vital stream of tradition which flows ever deeper and stronger from year to year, and is to some extent retarded or strengthened by every boy who enters her gates. Of our boys who died, any word that we can say is pitifully weak. It is only by a true realization of what they did, and by doing our best to keep the School worthy of them, that we can claim any part in their fellowship.

 

ABBREVIATIONS

A.A.F.S. American Ambulance Field Service.
A.A.S. Army Ambulance Service.
A.E.F. American Expeditionary Force.
A.F.S. American Field Service.
A.R.C. American Red Cross.
A.S. Air Service.
A.S.A. Air Service, Aeronautics.
B.E.F. British Expeditionary Force.
C.A.C. Coast Artillery Corps.
C.G. Coast Guard.
C.O.T.S. Central Officers' Training School.
F.A. Field Artillery.
G-l. (See G-4.) General Staff, administrative section.
G-2. General Staff, intelligence section.
G-3. General Staff, military operations, tactics and strategy.
G-4. (G-1 in Corps and Division Hq.) General Staff, Co-ordination of all questions of transport and supply.
G-5. General Staff, training, athletics.
Hq. Headquarters.
j.g. Junior grade.
Med. C. Medical Corps.
M.E.R.C. Medical Enlisted Reserve Corps.
M.G. Machine Gun.
M.O.R.C. Medical Officers' Reserve Corps.
N.A. National Army.
N.G. National Guard.
N.R.F. Naval Reserve Force.
O.R.C. Officers' Reserve Corps.
O.T.C. Officers' Training Camp.
O.T.S. Officers' Training School.
Q.M.C. Quartermasters' Corps.
Q.M.R.C. Quartermasters' Reserve Corps.
R.A.C. Régiment Artillerie de Campagne.
R.A.F. Royal Air Force.
R.A.S. Royal Air Service.
R.C. Reserve Corps.
R.O.T.C. Reserve Officers' Training Corps.
S.A.T.C. Student Army Training Camp.
S.C. Signal Corps.
S.E.R.C. Signal Enlisted Reserve Corps.
S.M.A. School of Military Aeronautics.
S.O.R.C. Signal Officers' Reserve Corps.
S.O.S. Service of Supply.
S.P. Section Patrol.
S.R.C. Signal Reserve Corps.
S.S.U.* Section Sanitaire Américaine.
U.S.N.R. (F.) United States Naval Reserve (Force).
U.S.R. United States Reserve.

* The "U" in the abbreviation is used for "United States," to distinguish the organization from "Section Sanitaire Anglaise." The official name was always as above.

alphabetical list of names

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

Q

R

S

T

U

V

W

Y

Z

summary
citations


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