Elm St. Parade after end of World War I (photo courtesy of Scott Card)
Manchester residents who had served in World War 1 were eligible to receive a veterans' tax credit which was applied to their property tax bill. In order to receive the credit, the veteran had to qualify under the following conditions (RSA 72:28):
Be a resident of New Hampshire who had served for at least 90 days in the armed forces of the United States between April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918. If an individual served in Russia, the time period was extended to April 1, 1920. An indivdual could also qualify if he/she served on or after November 12, 1918 and before July 2, 1921 but had prior service between April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918.
Be a resident of New Hampshire who was terminated from the armed forces because of a service-connected disability or surviving spouse of such resident.
The surviving spouse of any resident who suffered a service-connected death.
The Manchester City Archives has a collection of cards which were used by the Assessors Department to track tax credits for World War I Veterans and their spouses. A database of those cards can found below. The transcription is an exact duplication of the information found on the cards. Individuals who did not serve 90 days but had a card listing the dates of their service are also included in the database.
Not every veteran of World War I had a card. The 1918 Manchester City Directory lists individuals serving in various areas of the armed forces who do not have a tax exemption card.
ABBREVIATIONS (if known):
FA= Field Artillery
Veterans Exemption Card
MTC= Motor Transport Group
USN= U.S. Navy
N.H.N.G.= New Hampshire National Guard
STC= Student Training Corp.
Q.M.C.= Quarter Master Corp.
S.A.T.C= Student Army Training Corp.
C.A.C.= Coast Artillery Corp.
WORLD WAR ONE VETERANS EXEMPTION DATABASE (revised)