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Hellyer, Harold

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Harold Hellyer

Harold Hellyer

This photo of Harold Hellyer was found at an antique mall in Chelsea. Not much was known about him, but after a lot of researching, some of Harold’s story has been discovered. Information provided by Ancestry.com.
Harold Hellyer was the son of Howard A. Hellyer and Frances (Fannie) Olmstead. He was born on January 13, 1883 in Penns Park Pennsylvania. He had seven siblings: Willie, Eugene, Edwin, Howard Arthur, George, Grace, and Mabel. He was married to Caroline W. Walton.

Harold Hellyer served in the army from July 15, 1917 to June 4, 1919. He was stationed in France from May 18, 1918-May 16, 1919. He began his service as captain of Battery E of the Pennsylvania Heavy Field Artillery. He was promoted to major in April 1918 and commanded the second battalion of the 108th Heavy Field Artillery 28th Division, a division of the Pennsylvania National Guard, from 1918-1919.

Some major battles Harold Hellyer engaged in include: the Ypres Lys Offensive, the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the Oise-Aisne Offensive, the Fisme-Vesle Sector, the battle of Champagne, and the battle of Ainse-Marne. He was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre (“War Cross”) for bravery and military virtue on the battlefield.

Harold Hellyer died on August 22, 1970 and is buried in the Hummelstown Cemetery in Pennsylvania.

Service Card for Harold Hellyer.

Service Card for Harold Hellyer.

A Record of Service written by Harold Hellyer.

A Record of Service written by Harold Hellyer.

A record detailing Harold Hellyer's service in France.

A record detailing Harold Hellyer’s service in France.

Harold Hellyer's application for a Victory Medal, which were given to each US soldier at the end of the war.

Harold Hellyer’s application for a Victory Medal, which were given to each US soldier at the end of the war.

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