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This Day in Norwood History- August 26, 1918-First Norwood Soldier Loses Life In War (WWI)

Pvt. Bert B. Windahl Norwood, Mass
Pvt. Bert Birger Windahl (colorized by the Norwood Historical Society)

26 Aug 1918, Mon The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts)

The first soldier from Norwood to be killed in France or to lose his life in this war is Bert B. Windahl, private in Co I, 28th Infantry.

Mr. Windahl’s wife and Rev Lars W. Gullstrom, pastor of the Lutheran Church, have been notified by the War Department that private Windahl was killed in battle Aug 10. He was 28 years old and was born in Sweden, and had lived in Norwood nine years. He was drafted last October and went to Camp Devens. He went across to France early in April.

On March 16, 1918, shortly before he went to France, he married Miss Bannie in this town. A memorial service will be held for him next Sunday afternoon in Lutheran Church.

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