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 Post subject: Re: 1918 WWI Illinois Trench Watch, Probably the COOLEST EVE
PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 2:51 pm 
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Richie C. over on the NAWCC Forum found this:

I found someone who might fit the bill, Curtis Fields Columbia, b. 6/17/1888, died 8/9/1946. father was a physician in NYC, living on west 80th St. He went to officers training camp, graduating a 1st Lt. on 8/15/1917 for the Coast Artillery Corps. He was promoted to Capt May 1918, discharged March 7, 1919 at Ft. Monroe, VA. He is shown in advertising on the 1940 census in Port Washington, Long Island, NY. he had one son, Curtis Jr. He was listed as a student on his WWI draft card. He would have been 30 in 1918 so maybe he got the watch for his birthday.



I followed Richie's lead down a rabbit hole and came up with this.

One of the city names on the watch was Saumur ! ! !

This guy was an officer, Asssistant Supervisor at the Saumur Artillery School in France!

52d Artillery Division.

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 Post subject: Re: 1918 WWI Illinois Trench Watch, Probably the COOLEST EVE
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Officer Candidates In Formation, Artillery School, Saumur, Maine Et Loire, France, Dec. 17, 1918.

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 Post subject: Re: 1918 WWI Illinois Trench Watch, Probably the COOLEST EVE
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Fantastic watch and great post, Stan! So glad that we now know who the owner was -- quite a story!


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 Post subject: Re: 1918 WWI Illinois Trench Watch, Probably the COOLEST EVE
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Dude...
You are AMAZING!

SO glad you got this one. Only you would have found out this stuff.

Fantastic work.
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