SMN Arthur Irving Coleman

Birth
Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 7 Jul 1918 (aged 21)
South Beach, Richmond County (Staten Island), New York, USA
Burial Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 141279489 · View Source
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He was the son of John & Eleanor Ella (Hunter) Coleman. He had one sibling, John Francis Coleman [born 26 August 1893 who married in 1917 to Eva May Day.

Arthur Coleman was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard/U.S. Navy and died of an accidental drowning, from diving into shallow water and breaking his neck at South Beach on Long Island, New York. On the day of his funeral in Exeter, New Hampshire, the newspaper printed a long and detailed obituary as follows: Portsmouth Herald, Thursday, July 11, 1918 Portsmouth, New Hampshire, page 2-- "The funeral services of Arthur I. Coleman, son of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Coleman, who lost his life by accident while a member of the United States Coast Guards at South Beach, Staten Island, last Sunday were held Wednesday afternoon at the home on Columbus avenue, conducted by Rev. John E. Lary, pastor of the Advent Church. A delegation from the Coast Artillery corps from the Atlantic coast stationed at Fort Constitution were the bearers there being six acting in that capacity and eight as body guards. The body was accompanied from New York by Master-at-Arms Lawrence J. Shea, representing the Coast Guards of New York, of which he was a member. The casket was draped with the the Union Jack and covered with a profusion of floral tributes, including a large anchor from his company. Vocal selections were given by Miss Alice Howe and Mrs. Edward E. Nowell.Young Coleman is Exeter's second boy to lose his life while in the service, the other being Corporal Almon L. Pingree, who on April 9 was killed in action in France.Coleman enlisted in the Coast Guards June 1 and was called into the service June 5. The accident occurred Sunday afternoon while he was in the act of diving in shallow water striking and breaking his neck. He was an expert swimmer. He was to leave Monday morning for duty overseas, having been promoted to first class seaman. He was given a leave of absence for 24 hours and was one of the 48 out of 100 to be selected as first class seamen for duty abroad. He was well known as an athlete, being a member of the Exeter High school football eleven of 1914 and distinguished himself by making some long runs by receiving forward passes from Capt. Charles Broderick of New Hampshire college last year., who now is in the service. He was also known to hundreds of Phillips Exeter academy students as he closely followed their sports and acted as mascot and a bat boy for the baseball nine for several seasons. He was born in Exeter Feb 22 1897 having the distinction of the same natal day as Washington, the father of the country. After leaving high school he had held various positions, last year working for the American Cable company in New York, Washington and Philadelphia, and at the time of enlistment was acting as clerk in the Langhala hotel in Boston. Preceding the funeral service Wednesday, a naval funeral was held in New York Tuesday, conducted by Capt. Godfrey L. Carden, division commander of the Coast Guards. Sergt. Lawrence L. Shea was detailed to accompany the body to his home here, and remained in the services, Wednesday afternoon. The funeral was in charge of Undertaker F. Junkins of Exeter, and the burial in the Exeter cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Coleman have another son, John F. Coleman, now doing duty in France, who left with the draftees of April 26. They received a communication from him Tuesday in which he states that all was well."

Awards: WWI Victory Medal. Arthur Irvin(g) Coleman's name is listed on the Roll of Honor, Doric Hall, in the NH State House in Concord NH.


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  • Maintained by: Janice Brown
  • Originally Created by: David C. Henderson
  • Added: 13 Jan 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 141279489
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SMN Arthur Irving Coleman (22 Feb 1897–7 Jul 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 141279489, citing Exeter Cemetery, Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by Janice Brown (contributor 48126984) .