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MAJ Clarence Fahnestock

MAJ Clarence Fahnestock

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 5 Oct 1918 (aged 44)
France
Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: Died near the front in France; buried on site.
Memorial ID 157685010 · View Source
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Major Clarence Fahnestock, a prominent physician of New York City, died of pneumonia in a hospital near the front in France and was buried there with military honors. The news of his death reached his relatives in New York in a cable message sent from France to his brother, Dr. Ernest Fahnestock, by Lieutenant Lawrence Philips, who is engaged to Marion H. Perry, stepdaughter of Dr. Ernest Fahnestock. Major Fahnestock had been in France since May 1917, and had seen active service during the bitter fighting since July. Major Fahnestock was a son of the late Harris C. Fahnestock, vice president of the First National Bank of New York, and the late Margaret A. Fahnestock. He attended the Berkeley School and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons from which he graduated in 1900. He was on the house staff of Presbyterian Hospital and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

He was well known as a big game sportsman and made many trips to Africa and Alaska in pursuit of that sport. Having been a member of the Seventh Regiment, he was interested in the war preparedness of the country and was one of the pioneers of the Plattsburgh Camp and was a daily visitor there throughout each season session. Not withstanding his surgical knowledge, he preferred to go in the line being accustomed to the outdoor life and campaigning in the wilderness. He was commissioned a Major and assigned to 308th Infantry from which he transferred to the 301st with which he went to France.

He was a member of the Union, Riding, New York Yacht, Aero and Grolier Clubs of New York, the Rockaway Hunt Club of Cedarhurst, L.I., and the Metropolitan Club of Washington. His residence was 157 Madison Avenue, which was the Fahnestock homestead.

For several years prior to the war, Dr. Fahnestock acquired large tracts of land in Putnam County, New York in a series of purchases. His estate, Clear Lake, Cold Spring-on-Hudson, comprised over 6,000 acres and was considered one of the finest in America. It nearly adjoined Glen Eilidh, the estate of his only sister, Mrs. Clarence G. Campbell. After his death, his brother donated the land to New York State which created the Clarence Fahnestock Memorial Park, which is a popular destination to this day.


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  • Created by: Gary Urbanowicz
  • Added: 1 Feb 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 157685010
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for MAJ Clarence Fahnestock (4 Dec 1873–5 Oct 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 157685010, ; Maintained by Gary Urbanowicz (contributor 47731674) Body lost or destroyed, who reports a Died near the front in France; buried on site..