Courtesy of borough residents and BHA members Lynn and Tom Paro, the Beachwood Historical Alliance has digitized a series of photographs taken by Daily News NJ News Editor Ralph Sharpe between 1935 and the 1940s, a period when his family vacationed in Beachwood.
While the majority of these fantastic images will be saved for publication in the Beachwood centennial book and possibly other BHA publications, we’d like to share with you at least one photograph, showing an early version of the Beachwood Honor Roll, which listed the names of borough servicemen off fighting World War II. As you can see, the list shown on that board carries less than half the names that would go on to appear on the final Honor Roll, seen today in Neilson Memorial Park. This Honor Roll was placed near the Beachwood Circle, adjacent our Borough Hall/Firehouse (demolished in the late 1990s and today Welsh Farms) and across from the Beachwood Circle Shop (today Carpetland) where Beachwood and Atlantic City boulevards intersect.
Three of the men on this Honor Roll – William Neilson, John Jerue and Richard Kavanaugh – were later killed in action, also reflected on the later version, produced after the war had ended. Neilson Park is named for William Neilson, who was the first casualty from Beachwood.
Listed in this early Honor Roll are, in order, 46 of the final 103 shown on the later memorial plaque:
George Grimm Jr.
Charles Sigrist Jr. (the Jr. is dropped from the later Honor Roll monument)
Ernest Joy, M.D.
In coming months and years, the Beachwood Historical Alliance will be producing a series of profiles of all those from Beachwood Borough that have fought in our nation’s wars, from World War I up to current day. Anyone with information, photos and contacts regarding borough service men and women are asked to write us at firstname.lastname@example.org