family research at my nephew Paul’s wedding. One of the items
she gave me was her childhood memories of my Dad. Another
item was a photocopy of my Grandfather West’s WW1 discharge
and his enlistment record as shown above.
I think the two papers were folded together which would explain
the dark lines across the pages. In the transcription below, I’ve
put a question mark after any entry I’m not certain about. I’ve
also italicized the handwritten information.
I received an email from my cousin Diana tonight as I was typing
this and in it she passed along information from Aunt Dot that
Pop was an orderly at the Camp Devens base hospital, that he
was only in for a short period before contracting double
pneumonia and that he was shipped home after his recovery.
I’ll have more to say on that after I’ve posted the transcription
of his discharge form.
In my reply to Diana, I remarked that today I realized that
between the service records and the memoir that Aunt Dot
gave me earlier this year I have learned more about Pop than
I ever knew before, and much more than I know about my
Name: West, Floyd E. #2722093 Grade: Private First Class
Enlisted, or Inducted, Apr.29, 1918 , at So. Paris, Me.
Serving in First enlistment period at date of discharge.
Prior service:* none
Noncommissioned officer: none(?)
Marksmanship, gunner qualification or rating: not armed
Horsemanship: not mounted(?)
Battles, engagements, skirmishes, expeditions: (left blank)
Knowledge of any vocation: Farmer
Wounds received in service: none
Physical condition when discharged: Good
Typhoid prophylaxis completed: ---------------
Paratyphoid prophylaxis completed: June 27/18
Married or single : Single
Remarks: No A.W.O.L. or absences under G.O. 45/1914.
This soldier entitled to travel pay.
Signature of soldier: Floyd E. West
John Burnette (?)
1st St. M.C. U.S.A.