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  • Carl Tefft
  • Dedication Date: 1922
Town Hall, 159 Washington Avenue
07109 Belleville
NJ
USA

This monument honors the 700 men from Belleville who served in the Great War, and the 20 men who gave their lives whose names are enumerated on a shield plaque. It consists of an allegorical bronze female figure representing Victory holding a shield and quill pen in her left hand, and a bouquet of flowers in the crook of her right arm. She wears a laurel wreath in her hair.

The sculpture sits atop a square stone base. Dedicated in 1922, it was designed by New York sculptor, Carl Emerson Tefft.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #76008075.

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

S. Finley Avenue & Oak Street
07920 Bernards Township - Basking Ridge
NJ
USA

Located near the center of the village of Basking Ridge, NJ this monument consists of a thick glacial boulder slab with a rectangular bronze honor roll plaque mounted on its surface.  The plaque recognizes local residents who served in WWI. 

Photos courtesy of: Bill Coughlin & Historical Marker Database

  • Dedication Date: 1922
480 Main Street
08515 Crosswicks
NJ
USA

The Crosswicks monument was dedicated on Veterans’ Day 1922 in a ceremony that also included the laying of the cornerstone of the Crosswicks Community House.

Originally, the monument plaque contained only the name of Harry J. Chapman, the one Crosswicks resident killed in action in World War I.  The plaque was apparently later recast to add the names of two village residents killed during World War II.

Photo courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

Demarest Duck Pond, Piermont Road & Hardenburgh Ave
07627 Demarest
NJ
USA

This monument consists of a rectangular boulder with a central horizontal seam that sits upon a concrete base.  Three bronze plaques are placed on the front of the boulder with the central plaque commemorating Demarest residents who served in the Great War. 

Photo courtesy of:  Sheena Chi

Veterans Square, Harrison & Midland Avenues
07026 Garfield
NJ
USA

This monument consists of a rusticated granite square column with a central long inset vertical section topped with a segmented arch.  The column capital is topped by a concrete hemisphere, which is in turn, surmounted by a concrete orb, both resting on a base.  An iron eagle in flight is mounted to the top of the orb.

The base of the statue has a bronze honor roll plaque on its front side, which is also constructed of rusticated granite. 

The monument is placed on a landscaped triangular traffic island in downtown Garfield.

Photo courtesy of:  Sheena Chi

  • Charles Henry Niehaus
  • Dedication Date: 1924
Court Street
07601 Hackensack
NJ
USA

This is one of two WWI monuments on the grounds of the Bergen County Courthouse in Hackensack, NJ.  It is the more elaborate of the two. Designed by well-known sculptor, Charles Henry Niehaus, it consists of a bronze figure of a young man standing atop a tapered circular stone base with an inscription. 

Above the inscription are reliefs of eagles & garland. Below the inscription are 4 relief panels. The front panel shows a Revolutionary War scene. A side panel displays a meeting of Civil War-era generals. The back panel shows a charge from the Spanish-American War. The final panel depicts a battle from World War I.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ 000122.

Photos courtesy of:  Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)

  • NJ000016
  • Pietro Montana
  • Eagle Bronze Worka
  • Dedication Date: 1924
  • Depth: 42 in
  • Width: 32 in
Borough Hall, 222 Ridge Road
07031 North Arlington
NJ
USA

This monument depicts a larger-than-life doughboy soldier standing with his left leg forward and his right leg extended backward.  A rifle is held in his left hand, pointing diagonally downward across his extended left thigh.  His helmet rests upside down to his left. 

The figure stands on a natural rock that features a relief plaque depicting an angel in the center, holding an olive branch and flanked by soldiers. The sculpture was dedicated  on July 19, 1924.  

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) #NJ000018. 

Photos courtesy of:
Monument - Smithsonian Institution Research Information Service (SIRIS)
Plaque - Bill Coughlin & Historical Marker Database

500 Wesley Avenue
08226 Ocean City
NJ
USA

This World War I memorial consists of a tapering, rusticated pink granite slab topped by a cradled, grey granite orb topped by a bronze eagle with outstretched wings.  On the front of the slab is a bronze plaque with a curved pediment, containing the names of local residents who served in the war.  The monument rests on a shallow-hipped, rusticated, grey granite base. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

  • Gaetano Cecare
  • Dedication Date: c1926
Crescent Avenue & Seventh Street
07060 Plainfield
NJ
USA

The Plainfield World War I monument is a flagpole with an elaborately decorated base placed on a concrete and grass traffic island in downtown Plainfield. The monument was erected on ground owned by the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church circa 1926. It is still maintained by the church.

The sculptural portion of the flagpole consists a cylindrical marble section crowned by a narrower cylindrical bronze section. It was designed by noted New Jersey sculptor Gaetano Cecere. The major portion of the base contains a relief sculpture of a group of Roman warriors. The section above consists of a band of relief eagles with their wings spread.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #76009157. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

Borough Hall, 1500 Kings Highway
08085 Swedesboro
NJ
USA

The Swedesboro World War I honor roll plaque has recently been remounted on a consolidated war memorial brick wall next to the Borough Hall.  The bronze plaque is topped by an eagle with wings outstretched standing on a bas relief depiction of a boulder which reads, "For God and Country."  The boulder image is flanked by US soldiers on the right battling a group of enemy soldiers with cannons on the left side.  The plaque reads, "In Grateful Tribute to those of our community who served under the colors for God and Humanity in the World War." 

The list of local men who served comprises the rest of the long, rectangular plaque.  The names of those who died in the war are marked by a star. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

5 Washington Street
08060 Mount Holly
NJ
USA

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

  • Nathan Potter
  • Dedication Date: 1923
501 North Street (Rt. 28 & E. Broad St)
07090 Westfield
NJ
USA

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. 

Photos courtesy of: 
Front view - NJ State Historic Preservation Office
Rear view - Sheena Chi

  • Gutzon Borglum
  • Dedication Date: 1926

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. 

  • Dedication Date: 1919
270 S. Black Horse Pike
08012 Gloucester
NJ
USA

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

  • Gaetano Federici
Haledon Public School, 91 Henry Street
07508 Haledon
NJ
USA

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. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office 

  • John Oscar Bunce
  • Dedication Date: 1924
Van Neste Square, East Ridgewood Avenue
07450 Ridgewood
NJ
USA

World War I Memorial

100 Cities / 100 Memorials

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.  

  • Charles Keck
  • Dedication Date: 1932
Memorial Park, Freeway Drive
07018 East Orange
NJ
USA

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

First Reformed Church; 529 Newark Pompton Turnpike
07444 Pompton Plains
NJ
USA

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. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office 

  • Dedication Date: 1927
Memorial Park, 3300 New Jersey Ave
08260 Wildwood
NJ
USA

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

Borough Hall, 227 Trenton Avenue
08007 Barrington
NJ
USA

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