Albert Trazewski, First Nutley Son
To Die on Battlefield in France, in WWI
Albert (Albin) Trazewski, was the first Nutley son to give his life in
Trazewski of Entwistle Ave., Nutley, N.J., was among the casualties reported May 13, 1918.
Trazewski was born in Poland 22 years ago, coming to this country to make a home with his married sister, Mrs. Teopila Rozwadsurska, in 1913.
He worked at the plant of the Hardman Rubber Co., in Belleville, and was a cornetist in a Polish band.
Trazewski enlisted last October at Newark as a private in Company L, 16th Infantry.
A little family group and some neighbors and friends gathered to mourn the boy who had given his life for his adopted country. All wept a little, but through their tears shot glances of pride.
"He gave his promise," said the dead boy's brother-in-law, "when he went that he would die fighting. I had said to him he must never be taken alive by the Kaiser's men, for we, of Poland, know them. He gave me his hand saying he would fight to his last drop. I asked him to promise this for if he had not enlisted I could have gone."
Trazewski is survived by his sister, with whom he lived, and his mother who still lives in Poland.
World War I Casualties: Descriptive Cards and Photographs - New Jersey
The Nutley Sun, May 25, 1918.
World War I Casualties: Descriptive Cards and Photographs - New Jersey State Archives
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