Ashore in England, 10/9/1917

First Sergeant Sam Avery and his men arrived safely at Liverpool, England on this date in 1917 after successfully crossing the U-boat infested North Atlantic Ocean aboard the S.S. Saxonia. As written in notes from Sam’s Pocket Diary:

“This company… Left Halifax Harbor at 4.15 Sept 29, arrived at Liverpool and disembarked at 12 midnight Oct 9/17 and boarded train at 2 am oct 10/17…”

More letters and postcards home are now soon to follow. Going forward they will be published here on the date they were originally written. In this way we will continue to march along with Sam and the 103rd Infantry, 26th “Yankee” Division in “real time” as they fight in what was then called “Our Greatest Battle.”


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