Draft Registration Card, 1917-1918


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Draft Registration Card, 1917-1918

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World War I Draft Registration Card


World War, 1914-1918


The draft registration card for William Kirlew. The card lists the name of the recruit, their age, place of residence, date and place of birth, country of citizenship, father’s birthplace, occupation and location of occupation and the nearest relative and their address. The back of the form lists the description of the recruit including size, eye and hair color and physical ailments.

William Kirlew (1898-1991) enlisted in the United States Army while a student at Virginia Union University during the 1917-1918 school year. He registered on May 29, 1918. Born on October 22, 1898, in Darliston, Jamaica, Kirlew immigrated to the United States in 1912. He joined the United States Army on May 29, 1918, serving in the 51st Depot Brigade. After the war ended, Kirlew migrated to New York, where in 1933, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. Eventually, Kirlew settled in South Florida where he died on July 3, 1991. He 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 Project. 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.


War Department, Office of Provost Marshal General, Selective Service System


Digital reproduction of original draft registration card, May 29, 1918.


War Department, Office of Provost Marshal General, Selective Service System

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Kirlew, William




291 KB


1 page draft registration card






New Britain, Connecticut

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History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher


Originally created and published by the War Department, Office of Provost Marshal General, Selective Service System.

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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.


War Department, Office of Provost Marshal General, Selective Service System, “Draft Registration Card, 1917-1918,” RICHES, accessed July 18, 2024, https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/10066.