Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Visual Chronicles Of One Who Fought


Gerald Perry
Gerald F. Perry

Gerald F. Perry was stationed in Brest, France, in 1918/1919. He drew two books of pencil sketches that are in my possession. While they are not photographs, they are a snapshot of the life of American soldiers during the First World War. Here are a few examples of the sketches contained in the book.

Liberté, égalité, fraternité
Liberty, equality, fraternity
The National Motto of France

In France 1918



We do not care how much
you look at this book, BUT
PLEASE do NOT get your
fingers on the drawings!

At The Truck School

Officer: Find me the firing order of that motor -
Student: "Er - I - Er - I
I'm afraid I don't know
where it is, sir.
I - I - I had it a minute ago,
but someone must have taken it, sir!"

Memories Of Brest - The Rest Camp
Sleeping in tents in the rain
The Chow Line
The Start - Intermission - 15 Min. Later The Finish
Joy Riding

Two Soldiers
2 - 16 - 19
S. S. America

Home Sweet Home!!

This is the last page of the sketch book. It appears that Gerald has drawn the home he left behind and a street map of his hometown from memory.

The 75th Carnival of Genealogy


Perry, Gerald F. Sketchbook. ca. 1918-1919. Privately held by Anella Rogers, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Woodinville, WA. 2009.


Blogger Unknown said...

I am very happy to read this material and see these drawings. I am rather obsessed with the story of my great-uncle Harry who was killed and buried in WWI in France. My great-grandmother saved 60 letters that he wrote home and I now have them. It is said that he worked in the motor pool and also with the mules.

July 2, 2009 at 6:19 AM  

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