Charles F. Minney


Died January 21, 1919, age 26, of influenza, at Langres, Haute-Marne, France.

Charles Francis Minney was born August 24, 1895, in Millbury, the son of Arthur
J. and Mary A. (Army) Minney, grew up on Cherry Street, attended the Burbank
School in Bramanville, Millbury High School, and was employed as a weaver in
the Mayo Woolen Mills in Bramanville.

He enlisted on May 25, 1917, reported for duty two months later, and joined
Battery E., 2nd Field Artillery, training at Paxton, then Boxford, and shipping to
France from Hoboken, New Jersey on September 23, arriving at St. Nazaire on
October 4.

Minney’s experiences in the war were summarized in a Worcester Telegram
account of February 4, 1919, reporting the news of his death on January 21,
1919, from disease at a base hospital in at Langres, Haute-Marne, France.
According to other sources, including a 1985 article prepared for the 50th
anniversary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Millbury, Minney had suffered
from the effects of mustard gas during an engagement on the front in 1918. That
experience left him with ulcerations of the lungs.

“He was one of the first Millbury boys that had come thru the great fighting at
Chateau Thierry without serious injury,” the Telegram reported, “and his many
friends were awaiting to hear from his own lips the thrilling story of the
engagement.”

“The little home of the Minnies [sic] on Cherry street is filled with pretty relics sent
home by the young soldier,” the Telegram account reads, “all of which were
pointed to be his parents and his sisters, who were all grief stricken tonight upon
the receipt of the sad news.”

Two years later, Minney’s body was returned to Millbury, where he was buried
with full military honors. His name is included on the honor roll of the Church of the
Assumption, and VFW Post 3329 on South Main Street in Millbury is named in his
honor
Minney's Battlefied Grave in France
Minney's Grave in St. Brigid's, Millbury