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Family recalls sacrifice of Rockland son, brother, uncle

By Stephen Betts | May 31, 2021
Photo by: Stephen Betts Michael Robinson of Rockland holds a framed photograph of Private Arthur Winslow who was the first person from Rockland to enlist in WWI. Winslow died from wounds suffered on a French battlefield in 1918. Robinson's mother Cynthia Robinson of Rockland is one of two surviving nieces of Winslow.

Rockland — Arthur Winslow was a mate aboard a coasting schooner that sailed out of Rockland when the U.S. entered World War I.

The Courier-Gazette reported that Winslow was earning large wages and would ultimately have command of his own vessel.

But when the U.S. entered World War I in April 1917, the young Rockland man went to Army recruiting office in the post office building and enlisted in May 1917, the first person from Rockland to enlist.

Winslow was seriously wounded on a French battlefield June 16, 1917. He died from his wounds July 6. becoming the second Rockland man to die in the war. Private First Class Winslow was 23.

Lt. Albert Davis Holbrook of Rockland died June 19, at the age of 22, after being wounded in battle and dying in a prisoner of war camp.

Winslow's parents — referred to only as Mr. and Mrs. Charles Winslow — lived at 335 Limerock St. in Rockland.

Winslow was also survived by three brothers — Edward, Charles and Alvin and three sisters Annie, Hazel and Lizzie.

Two nieces of Private Winslow from his grandmother's family line continue to live in Rockland — Cynthia Hallowell Robinson and Sandra Stratton.

Other nieces are Susan Tolman, Thelma Decker and Helen Winslow Chaisson


A news clipping from The Courier-Gazette of Private Winslow's death. (Photo by: Stephen Betts)
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Comments (2)
Posted by: Stacie Wogalter | Jun 01, 2021 14:58

Stephen, Thank you for updating! :)

Posted by: Stacie Wogalter | Jun 01, 2021 10:53

Actually, the photo caption is false. There are 5 surviving nieces of Pvt. Arthur Winslow. In addition to Cynthia and Sandra, there is Susan E. Tolman (daughter of Annie Winslow Eaton), Thelma Decker and Helen Winslow Chaisson (daughters of Alvin Winslow).

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