By the Framingham History Center
FRAMINGHAM – In 1916, Gordon Ware of Framingham volunteered as a World War I ambulance driver in the American Field Service, six months before Congress declared war.
Ware was stationed in the Balkans, also known as the “Forgotten Front,” and documented his experiences in an unfinished memoir – What Did You Do in the Great War Father?
Just as the memoir brings to light the life of an ambulance driver, so does the restored 1916 Model T Ford Ambulance 255.
This WWI ambulance serves as a tangible reminder of the 2,500 American volunteers who drove these vehicles, including e.e. cummings and Ernest Hemingway.
George King of Connecticut and Jeff Klinger of Sudbury restored and maintain “255” and have taken it to Europe and the Eastern U.S. as they present a history of American Ambulance Field Service. They have participated in President Obama’s inaugural parade, ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, and many presentations to students, historical societies, civic and veteran’s organizations. And now bringing it to Framingham.
The event is sponsored by the Framingham History Center on Sunday, Sept 23 at 2 p.m. at the Edgell Memorial Library.
Tickets are $10 and $5 for Framingham History Center member.
Purchase tickets at framinghamhistory.org or mail checks to FHC P.O. Box 2032, Framingham, MA 01703. Tickets may be purchased on the day of event if the event is not sold out.