Robert Rollin Edwards

Male 1894 - 1918  (24 years)


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  • Name Robert Rollin Edwards 
    Born 16 May 1894  Pulaski, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Oct 1918  France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I56454  Stewartsnydotcom
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2019 

    Father Ancestors Charles David Edwards,   b. 3 Jan 1863, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1937  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ancestors Kate Shepherd Maltby,   b. 17 Nov 1861, Richland, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1939, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Jul 1889 
    Notes 
    • Newspaper Article - Thursday, July 25, 1889 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - Our Man About Town - Charles Edwards and Miss Kate Maltby, of Pulaski, were united in holy matrimony last Thursday evening. Our meat man looks awfully happy.

      Newspaper Article - Thursday, August 1, 1889 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - Married - In Sandy Creek, July 19th, by Rev. E. F. Maine, Mr. Charles D. Edwards to Miss Katie S. Maltby, both of Pulaski.
    Family ID F394  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ancestors Mildred L. Lacelle,   b. 26 Jan 1898,   d. 1 Dec 1968  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 10 Jun 1917  Pulaski, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F22719  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Robert Rollin Edwards - May 16, 1894 - October 24, 1918. Interment date July 26, 1921. Plot R-111. Military Service: Private First Class in Headquarters, Company 107th Infantry, 27th Division, United States Army, during World War I, killed in action. Son of Charles David and Katherine Shepherd “Kate” Maltby Edwards. Husband of Mildred LaCelle Edwards. Married June 10, 1917 at Pulaski, New York.
      Newspaper Obituary - Wednesday, December 18, 1918 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - Robert R. Edwards - Born May 16, 1894 at Pulaski, New York. Enlisted May 1, 1917 - Went to France April 1918 - Died in France, October 24, 1918. “Not now, but in coming years, It may be in the Better Land, We'll know the meaning of our tears, Someday will understand.” We have been brought face-to-face with facts which we find it hard to meet and endure and found them hard to understand. We have often wondered why God permits these things to come to pass, for it is not as we had willed and planned. Only a little over four years ago our world seem to be at peace and everything seemed to be moving along smoothly when the news came flashing across the sea that Germany had plunged into Belgium and was killing the people, destroying cities and laying a trail of devastation. This thing went on until the United States was obliged to take a part in the great and awful war. American boys came to the front to volunteer as soon as the call was sent out for them to do so and our village was not lacking in patriots. Among the first to enlist was Robert R. Edwards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Edwards, of this village. - Robert Rollin Edwards - Robert Rollin Edwards was born in the town of Richland, New York May 16, 1894, to Katie S. and Charles D. Edwards. Till the age of twenty-two all his life was spent in Pulaski. He passed through the Pulaski Grammar School and attended the Pulaski High School for two and a half years. After that he worked in the various furniture factories in Pulaski until he enlisted May 1, 1917 in Company D, First New York National Guard, Ogdensburg. He reported for duty May 4, 1917 and was for some time on guard duty at Effy Falls, near Croghan, New York. June 10, 1917 he was married to Miss Mildred L. Lacelle. He then had a five-week furlough, which expired about the time that the National Guard was federalized. August 18, 1918 he left Ogdensburg with his regiment and was in camp at Van Cortlandt Park, New York City, until October 3, 1917. He then went to Camp Wadsworth, Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he remained until sometime in April 1918. After a few weeks at Newport News, Virginia, he sailed for France with the 27th Division, and spent his twenty-fourth birthday on the ocean. He took part in the heavy fighting about St. Quintin, September 29th to October 3, 1918, but came through unhurt. It is not known whether he was in battle with his regiment October 17th to 20th. On November 19, 1918, his parents received a telegram from the adjutant-general stating that Private Robert R. Edwards had died of influenza in France, October 24, 1918. Mrs. Robert Edwards has since received a letter from the American Red Cross chaplain of General Hospital Number 12, B.E.F., describing the burial services for her husband. He was borne in a flag-draped coffin on the shoulders of comrades, preceded by the clergyman, and followed by military escort. Beautiful flowers were sent for him by the American Red Cross, and the burial service from the Prayer Book of the Episcopal church was read. Then the last volleys were fired and the bugle sounded taps for his long last sleep. Robert was a member of the Baptist church in Pulaski and the Baraca class there. All his life testified to his faithful devotion to duty and to the strength and sweetness of his character. His loss is deeply mourned by his wife, Mrs. Mildred Edwards, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Edwards, and by his sisters and brothers, Mrs. William Jay Ellis, Mrs. Lawson M. Lighthall, Mr. Franklin E. Edwards and Mr. Thomas J. Edwards. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend.” Sunday afternoon a memorial service was held in the Baptist church, for the young man who sacrificed his life for the great cause of human rights. The service was attended by a large congregation. The program consisted of a selection by the choir; prayer by Rev. Frank H. Ferris, who spoke a few fitting words concerning the life of Robert Mike: Rev. Charles T. Holcombe read a portion of scripture and Rev. H. V. Miller gave a memorial address, closing with the touching and always appropriate hymn as a solo, “Some Day We’ll Understand.”
      In this connection we deem the following letter most appropriate and give it is a part of this memorial to our honored dead. From Rev. Arthur B. Rudd, Chaplain, American Red Cross, Rouen. To Director of the Chaplain's Bureau, American Red Cross, Paris, France. Subject: Description of St. Sever’s Cemetery, Rouen. Today I visited the cemetery where the American men are buried. It is a most lovely and peaceful spot, situated on a high plateau above the city of Rouen in the valley of the Seine, and surrounded by beautiful forest covered mountains. It is a part of the city cemetery of St. Sever, as this section is called. Passing through the older part of the cemetery where both Roman Catholics and Protestants are buried, and whose graves are marked with many beautiful monuments we come to the newer part where rest thousands of English and other Allied dead. The crosses stand row by row. Some of the temporary wooden crosses have been already replaced by monuments of marble. Everywhere is beautiful fresh green grass and all the graves are covered with blooming flowers, chiefly asters, marigolds, chrysanthemums and sweet alyssum. On further we come to a still newer section where the grass has not yet been planted but the whole section is one vast flower garden and the air is heavy with the perfume of flowers. White and purple and yellow are the prevailing colors just now, and the whole ground is covered between the well laid out roads. The ground of the cemetery is dry and gravelly and this is carefully overlaid with about a foot of rich garden loam. The whole grading and planting is done by a wonderful organization of young British women who make this care of the cemeteries their special work. They are working there all day long and have produced wonderful results. The American officers and enlisted men have a special section by themselves that is as carefully cared for as the British section. I have never seen more reverent care in the conduct of funerals. The strange thing over here seems to me that men and women do not become hardened to suffering and death as one might suppose but that they become more and more tender as the years go by. The graves of all the Jewish boys are marked with a cross bearing the name, rank and cause and place of death. Very careful records are kept in the books of the cemetery, each grave being numbered. It is said that the American government expects to remove to America after the war all the bodies of the American dead, but I think that if the friends could see those beautiful cemeteries, they would wish to have the boys sleep here with their comrades in the land where they fought so splendidly and died so bravely. Faithfully yours, Arthur B. Rudd, American Red Cross Chaplain. The grave of Private Robert Edwards is No. 8046.
      Newspaper Obituary - Wednesday, July 27, 1921 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - Fallen Heroes Honored in Pulaski - Robert R. Edwards and Delbert W. Russell Victims of War Ravages, Brought to America for Burial - Pulaski and Altmar received bodies of young men who went out from their borders in the days of the World War and did honor to them by assembling for military services and accorded them the honors of military burial. It has been expected for some time that the body of Robert Rollen Edwards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edwards, would arrived from France, where he was laid in military grave, at the time of his death, by pneumonia, in October, 1918 and the body arrived, Sunday morning, from Hoboken, where many bodies were received through the government's transportation lines, in the past month. There was a delegation of Robert Edwards Post, American Legion, and friends at the station. The body was taken in charge by Undertaker Paul Foster and escorted by the Legion men to the courthouse, where it was placed in the corridor of the courthouse. Later in the day Undertaker E. A. Feld, of Altmar, brought the body of Delbert Russell, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, formerly of Altmar, now of Lacona, who was killed in the French line, while in service, July 15, 1918. Both caskets were enclosed in boxes covered with the stars and stripes. A guard was placed over the caskets until yesterday when they were removed to the Baptist church where services were held at 10 o'clock. Commander W. Taylor Barr, of Robert Edwards Post, had charge of the arrangements and to him is due credit for doing the service well. There were all the people in the church that could get in and many outside. The gathering included the Grand Army of the Republic, Sons of American Legion and Legion Auxiliary, D.A.R. Veterans, Relief Corps. Rev. William MacLeod read a scripture lesson and offered prayer, Rev. W. S. Warren, pastor of the Baptist church gave a very excellent address and Mr. B. G. Seamans spoke for a brief space, as a response to the request of the family of Delbert Russell. A quartet consisting of W. Taylor Barr, Jacob Youngs, Ernest Dillenbeck and Henry Martinett, sang “Nearer My God to Thee.” The line of military order was formed at the church, with a long line of military men, ahead and decide the two hearses, in which were carried the caskets of the two dead comrades. The various organizations were also largely represented. The line moved to Pulaski cemetery where the body of Robert Edwards was lowered in the grave with the honors of the Legion, including the salute fired by a firing squad from Ontario Military Post, at Oswego and a buglers’ part was given. After the ceremony was finished at Pulaski cemetery the Legion and firing squad accompanied the body of Delbert Russell to Bethel cemetery, two miles east of Lacona, where military honors were accorded with the ceremony given at the grave of Edwards in Pulaski. Robert Edwards was born in Pulaski, May 16, 1894. He enlisted May 1, 1917, and went to France in April 1918, serving to the time of his illness and death, October 24, 1918. June 10, 1917 he married Mildred L. LaCelle. Delbert Russell was born in Sandy Creek and was twenty-two years of age when he was killed, on July 15, 1918, on the French line, doing service. He went into the service in November 1917, and went to France and March 1918. The people who helped to fitting honor to the memory of these two American boys, from this locality, will feel that they have only done a small thing compared to the great sacrifice the fallen made. Friends and organizations gave liberally of floral tributes which were resting upon the caskets. We are sure Pulaski represented the solemn occasion for flags were thrown to the breeze in many sections and business places were closed during the ceremonies at the church and while the line was passing through the street. - Appreciation - Commander Barr wishes the Democrat to say to the people that the kind Legion is thankful for the kind assistance given in the way of automobiles and other favors which were needed to make the day successful in the details planned for the honor service.