WWI and Revolutionary War Memorials

WWI Memorial

In the southwest corner of Veterans Courtyard is a plaque with all the names of the Milwaukee County WWI war dead. The plaque was originally housed at Milwaukee’s Alonzo Cudworth American Legion Post, founded in 1919, a year after the end of WWI. When Cudworth Post 23 moved out of its offices on Prospect Avenue, the WWI Memorial plaque was donated to the War Memorial Center. The top is inscribed with the words, “They gave the last full measure of devotion.” Four women – all nurse – are listed on the bottom: Edith Bailey, Margaret Howard, Florence Kimball, and Agnes Tompkins. Florence Kimball died of influenza while serving in France; she was buried there at the military cemetery at Base Hospital 22. The fate of the other three is unknown.

Revolutionary War

Plaques next to the World War I Memorial honor three soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War and later died in Milwaukee County: George Dill, Sr.; John Shirtleff; and Jesse Worden. The grave sites of all are unknown. A fourth soldier who fought in the Revolutionary War, James Morgan, was born in Virginia and later moved to Wauwatosa, Wis., where he died in 1840 at the age of 92. Morgan is buried in Wauwatosa Cemetery.