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NJ WWI Related Locations

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War Memorial Bridge - Mount Hollyloupe
5 Washington Street
Mount Holly
NJ
USA 08060

Mount Holly's WWI memorial has always been a bridge crossing the North Branch of the Rancocas Creek west of High Street in the downtown.  Originally, an honor roll plaque was placed on the parapet of the existing bridge in the early 1920s. 

Today's present bridge appears to date from the mid-20th century.  The original plaque has been mounted east of the north parapets, commemorating Mount Holly residents who fought in WWI. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

 
War Memorial-Clio the Muse - Westfieldloupe
501 North Street (Rt. 28 & E. Broad St)
Westfield
NJ
USA 07090
1923
Nathan Potter

This striking monument sits in a busy intersection leading into downtown Westfield, NJ.  It consists of a tall, horizontally banded granite column with a simple capital, topped by a bronze sculpture of Clio the Muse.  The column rests on a granite plinth square base with rusticated edges. 

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Front view - NJ State Historic Preservation Office
Rear view - Sheena Chi

 
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This massive, approx. 40' long monument commemorates the US land & naval forces that participated in this country's wars up to & including World War I.  It is composed of 42 bronze figures representing both civilians & military from all branches of service.  Included are a Red Cross nurse, a conscientious objector, fathers & mothers seeing their children off to war, and a portrait of the monument's benefactor, Amos H. Van Horn, as a mustached Union soldier.  The artist, Gutzon Borglum also included figures modeled after himself & his son, Lincoln.  All the figures, as well as two horses, are depicted ascending a steep incline.  The monument is situated at the end of a large reflecting pool. 

Gutzon Borglum is best known for his sculptural depictions on Mount Rushmore, SD. 

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #76001616. 

Photo courtesy of:  Rutgers University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

More detailed photos are available on the website link. 

 
World War Honor Roll - Gloucester Twp.loupe
270 S. Black Horse Pike
Gloucester
NJ
USA 08012
1919

This monument is made of a granite block with a triangular side elevation.  The words, "Our Honor Roll" appear on the front in raised letters.  Placed on each of the two sloping angles of the top of the monument are identical bronze plaques listing the names of Gloucester Township soldiers & sailors who served in WWI. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

 
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World War Honor Roll - Haledonloupe
Haledon Public School, 91 Henry Street
Haledon
NJ
USA 07508
Gaetano Federici

The Haledon World War I Honor Roll memorial is a large, rectangular bronze plaque mounted to the side wall of the vestibule of the former, formal entrance to Haledon Public School. 

The plaque is bordered by a simple molded frame, marked by a central, bare-chested, classical male figure holding a horizontal, sheathed sword in his crossed arms.  His arms rest on a stele covering the left side of his body.  An eagle with outstretched wings sits at its base.  The figure stands atop a plinth which carries these words:  "Erected by the residents of Halendon in memory of those who fought and swerved in the World War  1917-1918"  Below the plinth, a base panel honors two Haledon residents who died in the war.  The names of the other Haledon residents who served are listed in flanking columns around the figure. 

 The plaque was designed by the noted Italian American sculptor, Gaetano Federici.  Federici was a Paterson, NJ resident; he was responsible for several WWI memorials in the state. 

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World War I Memorial loupe
Van Neste Square, East Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood
NJ
USA 07450
1924
John Oscar Bunce

World War I Memorial

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100c 100m wwi centennial plaque This memorial is dedicated to the Ridgewood citizens who died during World War I. It consists of a tall, fluted granite column with its lower face marked by a granite plaque and a bas-relief laurel wreath. The column sits atop a three-stepped granite base. On the front of the base is a plaque with the bas-relief bust of a man shown in right profile. The column is crowned by a bronze eagle with its head turned to the right & wings partially spread. The plaque includes an honor roll.  The memorial designer, John Oscar Bunce, was a New York-based architect & sculptor; he became known for his role in the planning and erection of new public and private buildings in Paterson following a devastating 1902 fire.  

 
World War I Memorial - East Orangeloupe
Memorial Park, Freeway Drive
East Orange
NJ
USA 07018
1932
Charles Keck

Located in Memorial Park, this monument was designed by noted sculptor, Charles Keck.  The bronze sculpture is of a seated female figure representing Victory.  The flag-drapped woman holds a scroll with a list of names, & clutches a helmet at her side.

The memorial was erected with funds solicited from East Orange citizens and was dedicated on Armistice Day 1932. 

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000243. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

 
World War I Memorial - Pompton Plainsloupe
First Reformed Church; 529 Newark Pompton Turnpike
Pompton Plains
NJ
USA 07444

The Pompton Plains World War I monument, placed within a cemetery, consists of a vertical granular stone slab.  A bronze honor roll plaque with a stepped top is attached to the front of the stone. The honor roll is decorated with an eagle, wings outstretched, & perched on olive branches.  The plaque honors the men of Pequannock Township who served in the war. 

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World War I Monument - Wildwoodloupe
Memorial Park, 3300 New Jersey Ave
Wildwood
NJ
USA 08260
1927

The World War I monument in Wildwood, NJ features the helmeted head and arms of a doughboy, holding the hilt of a sword, looking over the top a tall, rectangular, granite pillar.  The sword bisects a cross, with the words loyalty, courage, sacrifice and victory in each of the four quadrants.  The monument is “Wildwood’s Tribute to the glory of her sons, 1917-1918.”  Around the four sides of the flat, rectangular, marble base are the names of six significant WWI battles abroad. 

The sculptor of the doughboy is unknown; the granite pillar was completed by O. J. Hammell of Pleasantville, NJ. 

The monument was dedicated on May 26, 1927 by Senator William Bright.  “The Wildwoods” – Wildwood, North Wildwood & Wildwood Crest – sent 33 people to serve in the war.  Three died, including one woman.  The American Legion coordinated the dedication event, which included a parade through town honoring veterans and the new monument. 

The monument was erected prominently directly across the street from the Pennsylvania Railroad Station.  Being a shore community, thousands of tourists exited the train on this spot.  The train station is long gone today, and the monument’s park is now in front of senior housing complex. 

Narrative adapted from a history of Wildwood’s parks in The Sun.

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office 
Vintage photos courtesy of:  The Sun

 
World War Memorial - Barringtonloupe
Borough Hall, 227 Trenton Avenue
Barrington
NJ
USA 08007

This monument, located in the rear of Barrington Borough Hall, consists of a quarry-faced stone stele with a bronze plaque Honor Roll on the front.  The upper plaque takes the form of a half-star with a central spread winged eagle pierced on an American shield flanked by swags.  The monument was erected in honor of those in Barrington who served in WWI. 

Photo courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

 

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