WWI Draft Registrations

Blanco, Doroteo

Cantwell, John

Eller, Andy

Eller, Pleasant Randolph

Eller, Thomas Hubbard

Hartson, Claude Dennis

Huggins, Marion Waller

Hunter, Floyd Willis

Hunter, Walter

Jackson, Alvin Thomas

Petri, Arthur

Stewart, Arthur "Dink"

Ward, Bert Clay "Bird"

From Ancestry.com:

The World War I draft consisted of three separate registrations.

  • First Registration. The registration on 5 June 1917, was for men aged twenty-one to thirty-one—men born between 6 June 1886 and 5 June 1896.
  • Second Registration. The registration on 5 June 1918, was for men who had turned twenty-one years of age since the previous registration—men born between 6 June 1896 and 5 June 1897. Men who had not previously registered and were not already in the military also registered. In addition, a supplemental registration on 24 August 1918, was for men who turned twenty-one years of age since 5 June 1918.
  • Third Registration. The registration on 12 Sept 1918, was for men aged eighteen to twenty-one and thirty-one to forty-five—men born between 11 Sept 1872 and 12 Sept 1900.

Interesting Facts

  • If your family member had his twenty-first birthday between 5 June 1917 and the summer of 1918, his registration card may also include his father’s birthplace as well as his own birthplace.
  • Because each registered male had to sign the draft card, you can see the actual signature of your relative. (Some illiterate men might not have signed their own card.)
  • Not all men who registered for the draft actually served in the military, and not all men who served in the military registered for the draft. This civilian registration is often confused with induction into the military; however, only a small percentage of these men who registered were actually called up for military service.
  • In many areas, the draft registration was an event. Some cities held parades and closed businesses for the day. Other cities announced the start of registration by blowing whistles, ringing church bells, and firing cannons.
  • If a registrant was not living in his home town, he could register elsewhere and the card would be sent to his home draft board. In some rural counties, it may have been easier to travel to the bordering county to register and request that the registration be sent on to the actual county. Because it’s possible that some registrations were never transferred, an individual’s card may appear in a neighboring county or state.
  • Non-citizens were required to register but were not subject to induction into the American military.
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