Wayland P. Ingham First World War correspondence
This collection contains four letters from Mus. Wayland P. Ingham, RING to his second cousin Mary Wentworth Bartlett during the First World War. Also included are transcriptions made by the donor with a short family biography. The letter dated August 23, 1918 is in the wrong envelope, addressed to Mr. Wesley Wentworth in November 1918, but was the envelope the letter was found in by the donor.
In June 1917, Ingham writes about his experience joining the Coast Artillery Rhode Island National Guard as a musician with the First District Band in Newport and how much he would like to go to France. He then writes in January 1918 from Fort Wetherill in Rhode Island and explains that he is able to go home every week, but he expect to leave soon, perhaps to Fort Adams, another of five forts on Narragansett Bay, though none of these letters indicate that he had. He mainly then talks about the weather.
In March 1918, he expects to leave for France soon as they have been preparing and earned a name change from the First Band to the Twenty-First Band, and expecting that to change once again. He mentions another soldier, Embert Ramsay at Camp Devens, and worries for him because that camp is harder than the one he is currently held.
The last letter, dated August 23, 1918 "Somewhere in France" begins by telling Mary that he is "having the time of my life trying to learn and speak French," and it is clear this is the first letter written to her since he had only recently arrived overseas. He and his unit, signed at the bottom as the Band of the 66th Artillery Coast Artillery Corps, American Expeditionary Force, are busy playing many concerts every day with rehearsals in between. They are quartered in a town near Limoges, France. The letter was censored by Lieutenant [J.D. Paxton], Headquarters Company 66th Arty, C.A.C.
- 1917 June 2 - 1918 August 23
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Biographical / Historical
Musician Wayland Poland Ingham, Rhode Island National Guard (1894 - 8/26/1977) was born in Warwick, Rhode Island and served in the First World War as a musician after joining the Coast Artillery Rhode Island National Guard with the First District Band. Later, he lived in Providence, RI with his wife Annie and passed away in 1977.
According to the donor (granddaughter of Wayland), Ingham was the second cousin of the letter recipient Mary E. Wentworth of Maine where the letters remained until donation. Mary was on the Edmunds side of the family. Her mother, Martha Isabelle Edmunds, and Wayland's mother, Josephine Poland, were first cousins. The Bartlett (Mary's married name) family tree on ancestry.com contains more details.
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This collection contains four letters from Mus. Wayland P. Ingham, RING to his second cousin Mary Wentworth Bartlett during the First World War.
This collection is arranged chronologically.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of the Bartlett family, via Cynthia Gonzalez.
- Finding Aid for the Wayland P. Ingham First World War correspondence
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