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William Kendall Dingledine World War I Collection

Finding Aid & Inventory

William Kendall Dingledine was an ambulance driver in S.S.U. 516 during World War I. He was recruited from the University of Virginia and served in France 1917-1919 alongside the French Army, receiving a "croix de guerre". This collection includes recollections of the war written by Dingledine and Sergeant George F. Brasfield, along with other papers pertaining to his service and awards. His wartime scrapbook and a U.S. Army uniform are also included.

Biographical and Historical Note

William Kendall Dingledine grew up in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 1917, he was recruited from UVA to enlist in the United States Army as an ambulance driver. He was a World War I private first class in Section 516 of the U.S. Ambulance Service, referred to as S.S.U. 516. He served in France alongside the French Army from 1917 to 1919, when he was honorably discharged at the war's end. He received the French "croix de guerre" for his bravery. After his discharge, he worked at an advertising firm in New York until 1963, when he and his wife retired to Charlottesville.

Collection Overview

These records document the work of ambulance drivers in World War I, with contributions written by William Kendall Dingledine, driver of ambulance 14 in S.S.U. 516, and George F. Brasfield, a sergeant of S.S.U 516. Other papers include Dingledine's military discharge form, an award certificate, and an obituary. Dingledine's scrapbook from the war (1917-1919) and a U.S. Army uniform are included.

This collection is organized into two series: 1. Writings and papers, and 2. Artifacts

Collection Inventory

  • Artifacts (circa 1917-1919)
    • "S.S.U. 516 in World War One" scrapbook (1917-1919, 1965) box 2
    • U.S. Army uniform (circa 1917-1919) box 3
  • Writings and papers (1919-1976, undated)
    • Dingledine, William K., army discharge form (1919 April 23) box 1 folder 1
    • Dingledine, William K., "A PFC in the Driver's Seat, World War One as Seen from a Model T Ambulance: Authentic Letters Written Home" (1967) box 1 folder 2-4
    • Brasfield, George F., World War I recollections (1968) box 1 folder 5
    • Dingledine, William K., obituaries and awards (1976 June, undated) box 1 folder 6

Summary Information

Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
William Kendall Dingledine World War I Collection
Date [inclusive]
1917-1976, undated
5.21 Linear Feet  2 oversize boxes, 1 half-document box

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Revision Description
 Revised by Finley Turner 2019 August
Access Restrictions
This collection is open for use. 
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Preferred Citation
William Kendall Dingledine World War I Collection (MS890), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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