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Pennsylvania WW1 Related Locations

 

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21st Ward War Memorialzoom
Philadelphia
PA
United States
19128

Closed arch memorial behind protective fence.  To the memory of the boys from the 21st Ward who lost their lives in the World War 1914-1918.  Includes Korean * World War II * Vietnam added later.

Inscription:
Greater love hath no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends.
How sleep the brave who sink to rest by all their country's wishes blest. By fairy hands their knell is rung by unseen forms their dirge is sung.
All time will be the millennium of their glory.

 
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Aero Memorialzoom
Aviator Park, Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 20th Street
Philadelphia
PA
USA
19103

Photo and description courtesy of the Association for Public Art

This bronze "celestial sphere" is dedicated to the aviators who died during World War 1. It also illustrates the signs of the zodiac and is inscribed with the Latin names of the constellations and planets. The sculpture is located opposite the main entrance of the Franklin Institute.

 
All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailorszoom
Logan Circle, in front of Franklin Institute off of Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia
PA
USA
19103

Photos and description courtesy of waymarking.com

The front of this vertical granite monument is adorned with an allegorical female figure representing "Justice" flanked by two groups of three African-American officers, soldiers and sailors representing those from Pennsylvania who served in American wars. The figure of Justice is dressed in long flowing robes and wears her hair pulled back and braided around her face. She stands on a low stepped platform holding up a small wreath in each hand to represent Honor and Reward. The African-American Servicemen are dressed in the uniforms of the various branches of the military. On the back of the monument four allegorical female figures, representing the principles for which wars are fought, flank a bronze tablet. On the proper left of the tablet stands "War" holding a shield and wearing a helmet. Next to her stands "Liberty" carrying a torch and wearing the headdress of the Statue of Liberty. On the proper right of the tablet stands "Peace" carrying a large palm frond. Next to her stands "Plenty" holding a filled cornucopia. The monument is topped with a bronze Torch of Life surrounded by four eagles.

 
American War Mother and Her Sonszoom
Wister Woods Park, west side of Belfield Ave. south of 20th Street
Philadelphia
PA
19144
1928
Harry Lewis Raul

Location
--in Wister Woods Park, west side of Belfield Ave. south of 20th Street
--Philadelphia, PA 19144
--GPS coordinates 40.035705, -75.155611

Inscriptions
19 (copyright symbol) 27 HARRY LEWIS RAUL . SCULPTOR/EASTON . PENNSYLVANIA / ROMAN BRONZE WORKS NY (Base, front:) ERECTED BY THE PHILA CHAPTER AMERICAN WAR MOTHERS OF THOSE WHO SERVED AND THOSE WHO DIED IN THE GREAT WAR 1917-1918 TO YOU FROM FAILING HANDS WE THROW THE TORCH BE YOURS TO HOLD IT HIGH IF YE BREAK FAITH WITH US WHO DIE WE SHALL NOT SLEEP THOUGH POPPIES GROW IN FLANDERS FIELD JOHN McCRAE

Physical properties
--Outdoor Sculpture: bronze; Base: granite
--approx. 8 ft. 7 in. x 74 in. x 47 in; Base: approx. 60 in. x 10 ft. 4 in. x 8 ft. 8 in.

Seated female figure flanked by two kneeling servicemen. On her right is a soldier and on her left is a sailor. The female figure wears a long, very plain dress and a long cape. Back of cape is emblazoned with stars. Her hair is pulled back from her face and she stares straight ahead. Her arms reach out and rest on the shoulders of the servicemen on either side of her. Her cape wraps around the back of the servicemen. Each male figure kneels on one knee with the other bent knee raised. The male figures, dressed in their military uniforms, hold their hats and bow their heads. The three figures rest atop a rectangular base

History
--1927. Copyrighted 1927. Installed 1928
--gift of the Philadelphia Chapter of American War Mothers to the City of Philadelphia

Condition
--fair, some spalling on front of stone, not affecting the inscription
--chips at corners of base stone, mildew stains on front of stone base
--Administered by City of Philadelphia, Fairmount Park Commission, Memorial Hall, West Park, P. O. Box 21601, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131
--Surveyed 1993 August. Treatment urgent.
--Mud Dauber Wasp nests on bronze surfaces

 
Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church Memorial Plaquezoom
8855 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia
PA
19118

Bronze plaque located just outside the exit at the front of the sanctuary leading to the church office.
8855 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118

Plaque reads "Tribute to the youth of Trinity Presbyterian Church which had formed following a "schism" within the Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church.  Plaque relocated following the subsequent merger of the two churches.

A TRIBUTE TO THE YOUTH OF TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH WHO IN THE WORLD WAR 1914 TO 1918 RESPONDED TO THEIR COUNTRYS CALL OF WHOM TWO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE

 
Chestnut_Hill_and_Mt._Airy_World_War_I_Memorialzoom
Germantown Ave. and Mermaid Lane
Philadelphia
PA
United States
19118

Inscription
In loving memory of the men 
of Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy 
Who died in the World War 
France, 1918 
They challenge us to hold more precious than mortal life 
Ideals of Honour, Justice, and Righteousness. 
They counted not their lives dear unto themselves

 
Church of the Messiah Julian Biddle Stained Glass Windowzoom
1001 Dekalb Pike
PA
United States
19002

Memorial stained glass window dedicated to Julian Cornell Biddle, killed 18 August 1917.  Julian Biddle was a pilot who took flight training at Chandler Field, Philadelphia.

 
Church of the Messiah, Capt. Harry Ingersoll Bell Towerzoom
1001 Dekalb Pike
Gwynedd
PA
United States
19002
1926

Tower given by Mr. & Mrs. Charles Ingersoll as a memorial to their son Captain Harry Ingersoll and the forty-one officers and men of Company H, 313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division who lost their lives during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, 1918.  The tower is modeled after the church tower at Brabant-en-Argonne where Captain Ingersoll was initially buried before his remains were moved to the American Cemetery at Romagne.  Captain Ingersoll was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in action near Montfaucon, France, September 26, 1918.

 
Church of the Messiah, Norton Downs, Jr. Stained glass windowzoom
1001 Dekalb Pike
PA
United States
19002

Memorial stained glass window dedicated to Norton Downs, Jr., killed 23 October 1918.

 
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Collegeville Memorial Boulderzoom
W 5th Avenue & Park Avenue
Collegeville
PA
USA
19426
11 NOV 1932

This memorial consists of a boulder with attached plaque honoring the service members from the community who fought in WWI.

IN HONOR OF THE BOYS OF COLLEGEVILLE AND VICINITY WHO SERVED THE AMERICAN COLORS IN THE WORLD WAR 1917 - 1919

FOR LIBERTY AND HUMANITY IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES

PRESENTED BY AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY OF THE BRYON S. FEGLEY POST NO. 119

NOV. 11, 1932

 

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