WWI Vermont RPPC Photo – Herbert L. French of Stratton/Lononderry, VT 1918 France 78th Div.


WWI Photos of Vermonters are hard to find and I continually search for superlative examples at flea markets and yard sales.  This past May I was lucky enough to encounter a Vermonter dealer at a Massachusetts flea market.  Low and behold, the seller had a fantastic image of a WWI Vermonter for sale!   Herbert L. French is identified as being from Stratton, VT and as being a member of the 307th Field Artillery of the 78th Division.

Herbert L. French

Herbert L. French

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WWI Vermont Roster Entry

WWI Vermont Roster Entry

Misidentified WWI Veteran Grave Card

Misidentified WWI Veteran Grave Card

WWI Draft Card

WWI Draft Card

WWII Draft Card

WWII Draft Card

WWI Vermonter Identified Photo – John D. Hamilton of Middlebury, VT – 301st Engineer Supply Train


As my followers will know, I’m a huge WWI Vermont collector who loves to uncover identified photos of First World War Vermont veterans.  In this case I was able to trade a series of photos to a fellow collector/friend who knew I search for identified Vermonters.  The photo itself has good composition and details with a visible pistol and holster as well as OS chevron and signet rings.  Mr. John D. Hamilton lived in Addison, VT and enlisted and inducted at Middlebury on April 29th, 1918.  He was set up with the 301st Engineers and was listed as a wagoneer.  He served overseas from July 10th, 1918 to June 13th, 1919.  Given that he is wearing a six month chevron on his left arm, this photo had to have been taken sometime between December 10th, 1918 and June 10th, 1919.  He has no visible insignia that give his rank, but he is wearing a brass whistle which indicates that he is likely an NCO.  All in all a great shot!