Watrous (Charles) Papers, 1917-1942 (RG 069:145)

RG 069:145, Charles F. Watrous Papers Inventory

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Container List

Papers 1917-1942


RG 069:145, Charles F. Watrous Papers

Inventory

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2015 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Watrous, Charles F.
Title: Charles F. Watrous papers
Dates: 1917-1942
Quantity: 1 cubic foot
Abstract: Corporal Charles F. Watrous was a World War I veteran who served in Company F of the 102 Infantry in the American Expeditionary Forces in France.
Identification: RG069_145
Accession: 2009-002
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Corporal Charles F. Watrous was a World War I veteran who served in Company F of the 102 Infantry in the American Expeditionary Forces in France. Charles enlisted in the National Guard on July 16, 1917 in New Haven, Connecticut. He saw combat service in 1918, fought in the Chateau Thierry and Meuse-Argonne offensives, was wounded in the arm by gun fire on July 25, 1918, and received a Purple Heart. Corporal Charles F. Watrous was honorably discharged from the United States Army on April 29, 1919. He later served in the Milford Fire Department and Connecticut National Guard and was a guard officer during World War II.

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Scope and Content

The papers consist of the enlistment record and honorable discharge paper for Corporal Charles F. Watrous, photographs, two small pocket diaries, Connecticut State Guard identity card, Social Security cards, buttons, and medals. The bulk of the photographs are from the World War I period, although two others date from 1941-42.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

These records are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Restrictions on Use

See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.

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Index Terms

Subjects:

Adriatic (Ship)
Argonne, Battle of the, France, 1918
Château-Thierry, Battle of, Château-Thierry, France, 1918
Connecticut. National Guard
Connecticut. National Guard. Regiment, 2nd. Company F
Lenape (Steamship)
USS Lenape
United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 102nd. Company F
World War, 1914-1918 -- Connecticut

Places:

Concord (Mass.)
Essex (Conn.)
Fort Totten (N.Y.)
Halifax (N.S.)
Le Havre (France)
Liverpool (England)
Milford (Conn.)
New Haven (Conn.)
New York (N.Y.)
Niantic (Conn.)
Southampton (England)

Persons:

Watrous, Charles F.

Document Types:

Badges
Buttons (information artifacts)
Diaries
Identity cards
Medals
Military records
Photographs
Tie clasps

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Transcripts of the two diaries completed by volunteer Jeremy Schmitt are included in the papers.

Provenance

The papers were donated by Arthur Watrous, a nephew of Charles’s, to the Connecticut State Library in July 2008.

Processing Information

These records were processed by volunteer Jeremy Schmitt in March 2015.

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Container List

Papers, 1917-1942
Box Folder
Honorable discharge papers, 1919 April 29 1 1
Charles F. Watrous portraits, undated, 3 black-and-white photographs 2-4
Diaries, Connecticut State Guard Identity Card, and Social Security cards, circa 1917-1936, undated, 2 diaries, 2 Social Security cards, and 1 identity card 5
Box Envelope
Charles F. Watrous portraits, undated, 8 black-and-white photographs 2 1-8
Key, undated 9
Brass eagle buttons, undated, 5 buttons 10
Brass eagle buttons (small), undated, 4 buttons 11
Bronze eagle button (large), undated 12
Bronze eagle buttons, undated, 4 buttons 13
Bronze eagle buttons (small), undated, 7 buttons 14
Milford Fire Department badge, undated 15
US CT 242 brass pin, undated, 16
Southern Missionary College 20 years pin, circa 1922 17
Brass pin with retracting chain, undated 18
Brass bracelet and chain, undated 19
Connecticut State Guard pins, undated, 4 pins 20-21
Brass pin, undated 22
Silver tie clip with turquoise, undated 23
World War I Victory Medal and ribbon, undated, 1 medal with 4 Army battle clasps and 1 ribbon with 4 bronze service stars 24-25
The medal contains the following 4 Army battle clasps: Champagne-Marne; Aisne-Marne; Meuse-Argonne; and Defensive Sector.
World War State of Connecticut for Service medal, undated 26
Purple Heart, circa 1932 27
The Purple Heart is in a small purple box with the following side label, "The Bailey, Banks & Biddle Co. 2-12-32 Phila. Quartermaster Depot Purple Heart Medal No. 35H32". The back of the Purple Heart is engraved with the name of Charles F. Watrous.
American Legion 20th Anniversary Armistice Day medal coin, circa 1938 28
Course Six - First Service Command Tacticle School Concord, Mass., 1942 August, 1 rolled black-and-white photograph
Connecticut State Guard - Camp Hurley - Niantic, Conn., 1941 August 4, 1 rolled black-and-white photograph