Here’s a good one! A collector friend of mine pointed out a freshly listed eBay auction for an identified Vermont soldier during WWI. Armed only with a name and general location, I was able to uncover a treasure trove of material on our seated friend.
Irving C. Yates was born in Manchester, NH in 1896 and soon moved across the Connecticut River to the good ol’ land of Vermont. He lived in Bellows Falls for awhile before shipping off to Middlebury. He enlisted at the University of Vermont and trained on those hallowed grounds (my Alma Mater) until August of 1918 when he shipped out for France as part of the 6th Division, 80th Field Artillery Battalion. Presumably he worked in some capacity with 155mm guns.
After the war he moved to Brattleboro where he worked in the laundry industry. He passed away in 1975 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Bellows Falls, VT.