World War I
The Radnor High School Wall of Honor features five inductees who served in World War I. The below biographies on these brave veterans were researched and compiled by Radnor High School students. If you believe there may be discrepencies in the below information or have additional details to share about these inductees' lives, please email RHSWallofHonor@rtsd.org. To browse the the student-produced videos of these and all the 57 inductees, visit the RHS Wall of Honor YouTube channel here.
William Bateman was born in Germantown and later moved to 128 West Wayne Avenue with his father William, his mother Selina, his sister Mildred and his brother Albert. He graduated from Radnor High School in 1911 and was a member of the football team his junior and senior year.
After Mr. Bateman graduated, he entered the University of Pennsylvania in 1912. On August 5, 1917, he entered military service. He was stationed in Camp Hancock in Georgia, Camp Merritt in New Jersey, and in France.
On December 6, 1917, Mr. Bateman was named Second Lieutenant. On April 3, 1918, he was named First Lieutenant. He was sent overseas to Left Bank Marne in France on May 3, 1918 and, sadly, died in action on July 15, 1918.
Wallace Craig Dickson
Wallace Craig Dickson, born on February 20, 1891, was a medic veteran of World War I and lived no further than two miles away from Radnor High School at 405 Oak Lane. Before entering into the army, he was a messenger for Wayne Title and Trust Company.
On December 4, 1917, Mr. Dickson enlisted in the military, despite being diagnosed with diabetes. He was assigned to the American Expeditionary Forces, a single unit consisting of more than one million well-trained United States troops, and was sent to France to fight alongside the French and British military led by General John Pershing.
Mr. Dickson served in a medical unit in the city of Tours as the allies attempted to retake France from the German army. He met his death there on February 25, 1918.
During his time in the military, Mr. Dickson acquired the rank of Private First Class. He is buried at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne.
Edward Gallagher was born in 1894 to John and Catherine Gallagher. The family lived on West Lancaster Avenue in Wayne.
Mr. Gallagher graduated from Radnor High School in 1913. While at RHS, he ran track and attended school dances. After graduation, he worked for his father on the family farm before enlisting in the U.S. Army in the summer of 1917.
After completing basic training, Mr. Gallagher went to France with the Fourth Infantry Regiment 3rd Division as a Corporal of the American Expeditionary Force. He died toward the end of the World War I on October 11, 1918 in the battle of Montfaucon at Madeline Farm in France on the Western Front. His action was part of the final allied offensive against the Germans and resulted in the defeat of the German Army and the armistice on November 11, 1918.
Mr. Gallagher is buried in the Meuse Argonne American Cemetery, Plot H, Row 40, Grave 40. Visitors to the cemetery can view his cross to this day.
Norman B. Hallman
Norman Beadle Hallman was born on September 26, 1889 and first lived in the Ithan section of Radnor before moving to 224 Lenoir Avenue in Wayne. He shared a home with his parents and four brothers. His father was a carpenter and his younger brothers, Harold and Jolly, were also veterans of World War I. Harold achieved the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major and Jolly, First Class Private.
Mr. Hallman attended Radnor High School from 1903-1907. He played football for the school. After graduation, he worked at the Bryn Mawr National Bank.
On June 2, 1916, Mr. Hallman was registered for World War I. He was inducted in Ridley Park, PA on November 3, 1917 and his U.S. Army serial number is 1,786,498. He was in Company F in the 316th Infantry, 79th Division.
After training in Camp Meade in Maryland, Mr. Hallman’s division traveled to France in July 1918. Once in France, the division entered combat in September 1918, two months before World War I ended. The division was involved in the Battle of Meuse Argonne, which began on September 26. The 316th, 315th, 314th and 313th infantries fought for four days in this battle, during which time Mr. Hallman lost his life.
Mr. Hallman is buried in St. Lutheran's Cemetery in Ardmore, PA.
George H. Righter
George H. Righter was born on August 15, 1886 in Whitford, PA and was the only child to parents Lizzie and George. His was in one of the first classes to graduate from Radnor High School.
Mr. Righter worked in manufacturing for several years before deciding to enlist in World War I. He was sent to camp where he trained to be a pilot. He became a member of the 144 Aerial Squad in Kelly Field in San Antonio.
Mr. Righter was scheduled to take part in one of the first strategic aerial pursuits in history, but unfortunately he was stricken with Bronchopneumonia, a common illness during World War I. He passed away on December 8, 1918 and is buried at St. David's Church.