Daniel F. Anderson

No. 16127 Daniel F. Anderson stone marker

Daniel F. Anderson was born in Roxbury on May 16, 1896, to William, a plasterer, and Anna Anderson.  He was the fourth out of six children.  The family lived at various addresses in Roxbury and Dorchester.  His draft registration card gave his home address as 1205 Dorchester Avenue.  He was single, tall, of medium build and blue eyes and brown hair.  Daniel was working at Willard P. Whittemore Company, a flour and grain business, with a branch on Dorchester Avenue.

He was 20 years old when he enlisted in Co. E, 8th Inf. in the National Guard on June 21, 1916.  He reported for federal service on July 25, 1917. He served on the Mexican border and was soon assigned to 6th Truck Co., 101st Supply Train, 26th Div.  Daniel went overseas to join the American Expeditionary Force on September 25, 1917, and he became a Corporal in October, 1918.   He participated in engagements at Toul (Anserville) Somme; Cantigny; Ainse-Marne, Toul (Sarzerais); S. Mihiel; Meuse Argonne.  He served until his death of broncho pneumonia on February 10, 1919.  His father was living at 34 Midland Street when he learned of his son’s death.

A Hero Square was named for him at the intersection of Savin Hill Avenue and Old Colony Terrace.  The description on the City of Boston’s Veterans web page says: ” Daniel proudly ranked as Corporal. He died in service on February 10, 1919.”  His funeral was held at from his sister’s house at 17 Brent Street, and a Requiem mass was said at St. Mark’s Church.  Daniel was buried on July 31, 1920, at the St. Mary’s Cemetery, Dorchester.


Boston Post, August 1, 1920, p. 29.

Draft Registration Card on Ancestry.com


The Gold Star Record of Massachusetts.  vol.2. (Boston, 1929), 456.

Hero Squares on City of Boston’s webpage for Veterans.


Service Record card, National Guard Museum & Archives, Concord, MA

U.S. Census 1900 from FamilySearch.org

U.S. Census 1910 from Ancestry.com

United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 on FamilySearch.org



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March 22, 2022

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