Augustine Regan

Standing - l to r Edward Winston, Frank McNulty, John Manning, Leo Toland Front Augustin Regan and Leon Valcourt from Paris

Standing – l to r Edward Winston, Frank McNulty, John Manning, Leo Toland Front Augustin Regan and Leon Valcourt from Paris

The Library just acquired a small collection concerning Augustine Regan.  It includes a small scrapbook with newspaper clippings and the above photograph and a number of other photographs.

Augustine “Gussie” D. Regan was born in 1898 in Lawrence, Mass. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis F. Regan. He died November 7, 1918 at Latimni, just before the Armistice was called. He was the last Lawrence soldier to die in the Great War. He was a corporal in Company K of 23rd Infantry. His friends, the “West End Boys”, enlisted together, July 17, 1917: Thomas J. (Reddy) Stephens, Fred (Brooksie) Harrison, Leon (Jean) Valcourt, Clifton Smith, Frank McNulty, and Hector LeFleur. Clifton Smith was the first to die. Leon Valcourt was next. Regan was initially buried in an American cemetery in France. A year later the body was disinterred and brought back to Lawrence to be buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Both Valcourt and Regan were cited for bravery. Plans were made to name a square after Augustine Regan. That square, at Five Points, the intersection of Bodwell, Hancock, Melrose, Medford, and Margin Streets, was indeed named after Corp. Regan and the sign is still there (2013).

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  1. […] Perhaps the first memorial constructed was the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in honor the the Civil War dead. Since then the city has named monuments, intersections, bridges, waterways, schools, parks, as well as bandstands, a marina, and an airport after a variety of individuals and groups. The first square was Durant Square, a small triangle of land on East Haverhill Street. Durant Square La Scola Square Regan Square […]

  2. […] Stephens, Fred (Brooksie) Harrison, Clifton Smith, Frank McNulty, Hector LeFleurand Augustine Regan. Clifton Smith was the first to die. Leon Valcourt was next. Regan was the last Lawrence soldier to […]

  3. […] Stephens, Fred (Brooksie) Harrison, Clifton Smith, Frank McNulty, Hector LeFleur, and Augustine Regan. Clifton Smith was the first to die. Leon Valcourt was next. Regan was the last Lawrence soldier to […]

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