PRIVATE FIRST CLASS CHARLES BEHREND was born in Camden NJ on September 18, 1892. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Behrend, who had come to what was then Stockton Township around 1890. Albert Behrend worked in the leather industry as a morocco finisher in Philadelphia. The family lived at 1016 Dayton Avenue in the Pavonia section of Camden, referred to in modern times as Cramer Hill. Dayton Avenue was renamed North 18th Street after Stockton Township joined Camden. Charles Behrend was one of at least five children. Sadly, his mother passed away before June of 1900. When the Census was taken in 1910, older siblings Albert Jr., Lillian, and Freda were no longer at home. Charles, 17, and younger sister Elsie were working as apprentices in a yarn mill, probably the Highland Mill at North 10th and State Street.
When Charles Behrend registered for the draft on June 5, 1917, he lived at 809 Penn Street in Camden NJ and worked as a foreman at the Victor Talking Machine Company. He had a bad left knee, but that did not keep him out of the service. By the time he was drafted his parents had passed away.
Inducted into the Army on February 23, 1918, Charles Behrend was sent to Camp Dix, New Jersey. On April 3, 1918 he was assigned to Company C, 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division. He sailed for France in May of 1918, and spent his 26th birthday in the trenches before St. Mihiel. He was killed during the Battle of St. Mihiel when a high explosive artillery shell burst near him.
Private Behrend was survived by his sister, Mrs. Lillian Walker of 925 South Paxson Street in Philadelphia.
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