The assassination of Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, launched the world into the greatest war it had ever seen. Less than three years later, the United States could no longer remain neutral in this conflict and declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, and then on Austria-Hungary on December 7. By 1918, American troops were arriving in Europe by the tens of thousands.
Every town had young men who joined the military, and families from all walks of life sacrificed sons, fathers, and husbands. At the local level, businesses sold war bonds, women made supplies, and children raised money to support the troops.
Hinsdale was no different.
From the Home Guard to the Junior Jills, Hinsdaleans did their part to show their patriotism and aid in the national war effort.
HINSDALE WAS PROUD TO SEND ITS FINEST YOUNG MEN TO THE FRONT
Of the 378 from the Hinsdale and Fullersburg area who enlisted in the military, eleven lost their lives and 21 casualties sustained injuries.
All of them served with gallantry, honor, and distinction.
They’re gone - - -
some of them where the Hun filled the air with shrapnel,
some in the training camps of France, England and in the states;
on the land, on the water and in the air.
Wherever they fell,
say for them that they “played the game.”
~Memorial War Review, April 9, 1920