Alumni-donated artifacts add Bucknell perspective to the Great War

Bucknell’s Special Collections/University Archives contains an array of artifacts related to alumni who served in World War I, including photos and memorabilia. This spring, many of these items will be included in a display in the Ellen Clark Bertrand Library. We've included a few of Bucknell's archival photos below.  

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Cyrus Follmer, Class of 1916, served in the ambulance corps in France. He is pictured here on the left in Mittlach, a small village in the Alsace region of France, in 1918.

Harold "Sandy" Stewart, Class of 1920, was a member of Section 525 of the U.S. Army Ambulance Service. One month after the U.S. entered the war, two ambulance units - Sections 524 and 525 - consisting of Bucknell volunteers sailed to France. In a 1993 newspaper interview, Stewart said 45 Bucknell volunteers served in these first-aid units to the 68th division of the French infantry. The Latrobe Bulletin reported, "Their main job was recovering the bodies of wounded soldiers. Stewart was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government for rescuing a captain and other wounded soldiers under direct fire."

Cyrus Follmer, Class of 1916, annotated the back of this photo taken in 1919. Follmer, on the left, wrote that the Battle of Belleau Wood occurred at this site in June 1918.

Harold "Sandy" Stewart, Class of 1920, provided this image and many others to Bucknell's archives. Ford Model T cars, with plating for protection from shrapnel, were used to pick up injured soldiers on the battlefield.

Harry Vernon Thomas, Class of 1921, donated a thick scrapbook of photos taken during his service in the ambulance corps. Several photos follow, some of which have been annotated.

Section 524 of the U.S. Army Ambulance Service was one of two units of Bucknell volunteers that helped the wounded in France after the U.S. entered the war in 1917.

Tasker Bliss, Class of 1873, was a major general and chief of staff of the U.S. Army from Sept. 22, 1917 to May 18, 1918.

Winter 2017 Online Exclusives

Personalizing the Great War

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In May, a research team led by Professor David Del Testa, history, with the help of Professor Adrian Mulligan, geography, and student researchers Amy Collins '18, Anthony Paolella '18, Julia Carita '20 and Julia Stevens '20, will spend 10 days in France and Belgium, retracing the experiences of a select few Bucknellians.

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