Lawrence Public Library

James Regan

Three soldiers
Detail from: Three soldiers
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 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. There were plans 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).

This collection is the gift of Jim Regan in 2013. Mr. Regan was born and raised in Lawrence and the material concerns his uncle’s cousin, Augustine Regan. This collection includes a small scrapbook (19 x 14 cm) and eight black and white photographs.

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