|Edward N. Blanchard
Died July 30, 1918, age 31, in the Aisne-Marne offensive, Picardy,
Edward N. Blanchard was born May 8, 1887, in North Grafton, a son
of Joseph and Minnie (Thebault) Blanchard. On June 5, 1917, the
30-year-old Blanchard registered for military service.
Blanchard enlisted on November 22, 1917, and was assigned to the
151st Depot Brigade at Camp Devens, then transferred to the 2nd
Company of the Camp Devens replacement draft on February 25,
1918, and entered infantry training. Blanchard was sent overseas on
March 12, 1918, and a month later joined Company A of the 165th
Infantry, 42nd Division.
On July 26, the 42nd Division relieved the 26th Division and went
into front-line action at the Croix Rouge Farm and heights
overlooking the Ourcq River, a tributary of the Marne.
On July 30, Blanchard became one of the thousands of American
servicemen to fall in the campaign. His body was never found. He is
memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing inside the chapel at the
Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France.