Remembering NW Bergen’s WWI Soldiers
Remembering NW Bergen’s World War I Soldiers
Over 950 men and women from NW Bergen County served in World War I. The fifty-one listed below gave their lives.
They died in action, from wounds received in battle, from disease or the flu pandemic. Some were buried in Europe and some were returned home.
Northwest Bergen County towns were all changing in the early 1900s. Some, like Oakland and Upper Saddle River, the smallest, were losing population as the sons of farmers moved to the cities to work. Other towns were growing as industries were built and as commuters moved into their towns.
On the lists below, you will see the surnames of early settlers who populated our area and the names of newer immigrants from Italy, Poland, Scandinavia, eastern Europe, and other countries. We honor them all.
Listed below are the Northwest Bergen men who died in service to their country in World War I
Population 1920 1,165
48 Served – 8 Died in Service Harold Cook Ackerson Marshall Harley Couch James Robert Hubbard
John Raymond McDermott Gustave William Nadler Charles Larrett Nidd Edward Sherrard Nidd Harry Otto Weimer
Part of Franklin Twp. with Wyckoff Population 1920 383
13 Served – 1 Died in Service Zachariah Masker
Population 1920 2,181
40 Served– 5 Died in Service Peter Ebbert
Frederick Jensen Mortimer Kerr Jacob E. Phillips Frank Squires
Population 1920 586
21 Served – 1 Died in Service Harry H. Sprague
Then called Hohokus Twp. Population 1920 2,081
66 Served – 3 Died in Service John P. Fromm Edward Konight
Population 1920 2,243 71 Served – 6 Died in Service
John Coombs Garrett Swap Frank Outslay
Herman Englishman Harry Streelman John Millington
Population 1920 497
29 Served – 3 Died in Service James Julius Neilson
- John Goodman Elmer Terwilliger
Population 1920 2,090
93 Served – 5 Died in Service George Hemion
Tobe Jannicelli Alphonse Paglia Herman Charles Stein Nicholas J. Stocker
Population 1920 7,580
424 Served – 14 Died in Service Thomas M. Boyd
John A. Cadmus Thomas W. Connor Leonard J. DeBrown George R. Denle Jesse Eddy Douglass
Lindley Haines DeGarmo William Kruskopf
Frank M. Patterson, Jr. Floyd Alonzo Stevens Antonie Wendels Ulmont A. White Charles Wolfhegel Daniel S. Yeomans Jacob Yeomans
Population in 1920 506 12 Served – None Died
UPPER SADDLE RIVER
Population 1920 251 8 Served – None Died
Population 1920 1,296 5 Died in Service John L. Dow
Walter Tunis Nightengale Walter Hammond William Demarest William P. Zazzetti
Part of Franklin Twp. w/Franklin Lakes Population 1920 1,288
57 Served – None Died
Congressional Medal of Honor
In World War I, New Jersey would contribute 72,946 conscripts and 46,960 volunteers. Counting those already in the service, by the war’s end in November 1918, more than 140,000 New Jerseyans had served.
Eight of those New Jersey men were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their extraordinary valor, the nation’s highest military honor.
Visit Glen Rock’s exhibit to learn about one of those men, Sgt. Ludovicus van Iersal, a recent immigrant from The Netherlands. He enlisted as a volunteer. His unit saw battle at Verdun, Belleau Forest, and the Meuse-Argonne. Van Iersel earned the Croix de Guerre by retrieving 17 wounded men from “No Man’s Land.” He earned a second by using his language skills to convince a German officer to surrender with 60 men.
He was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions at Mouzon, France on November 9, 1918. On a nighttime reconnaissance mission, facing heavy fire, van Iersal swam across a swift river and found a lodging place under a bridge from which to view enemy positions. He swam back with information that saved 1,000 lives as his unit was moved to a safer position.
General Pershing presented his medal. Sgt. John Cridland Lathan of Rutherford was also among the eight who received the Congressional Medal of Honor. Stop by Rutherford’s exhibit to learn more about him.
For more information about visiting the Glen Rock Historical and Preservation Association’s Museum please click here.