United States Army Register of Enlistments, 1912


1912 Enlistment for Borris.jpg

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United States Army Register of Enlistments, 1912

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United States Army Enlistments Register, 1912


World War, 1914-1918


The United States Army Register of Enlistments for 1912. The first page includes the register number of the recruit, their name, the month and day of their enlistment, their enlistment location, the officer who enlisted them, place of birth, age, occupation and description. The second page includes the soldiers’ assigned regiment and company, their previous enlistments and dates of service and remarks.

A notable enrollee is John Borris, who enlisted at Fort Hancock, New Jersey, as part of the 136th Company on February 26, 1912. Born on February 3, 1891 in Johnson City, Pennsylvania, Borris served as part of Company C 1st Ammunition Train of the First Division during the First World War in 1917 and 1918. After his initial discharge in 1919, he returned to the United States Army in 1921 as part of the 7th Coast Artillery before his second and final discharge in 1924. After his service, he married Irene Nehf, with whom he had two sons, Roger and David. The family lived in Chicago, Illinois, and Phoenix, Arizona. Borris and his wife moved to Lakeland, Florida, in 1988. Borris died on June 11, 1994 and is buried in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for k-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.


Digital reproduction of the original United States Army Register of Enlistments, 1912.


Date Created

ca. 1912-02




3.07 MB


1 register of enlistments






Fort Hancock, New Jersey

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Connolly, Lehman
Cravero, Geoffrey

External Reference

Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017. https://today.ucf.edu/va-selects-ucf-historians-archive-stories-deceased-veterans/.
Tuchman, Barbara W., and Robert K. Massie. The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I. 2014.


United States Army. “United States Army Register of Enlistments, 1912.” RICHES of Central Florida accessed November 29, 2023, https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/10037.



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