See separate entry for the memorial bust erected at the park in 1931.

From “Manchester\'s Honored Veterans” published by the Manchester Veterans Council in 1996 and transcribed and posted online by Helen Coughlin:

\"On March 15, 1918 a group of Manchester residents in the former Squog area asked to change the name of Walker Park to that of Sweeney Park as a memorial to Private Henry J. Sweeney, the first local soldier to die in action in the 1st World War. Some of the most prominent men were very interested in the suggestion to honor the West Side soldier and efforts were made to the aldermen John Barry, Ward 11 and Fred Lange, Ward 10. These aldermen made a joint resolution asking the City at their March meeting to do so. The move was a proper and fitting one to honor Manchester’s first soldier to give up his life for his country and the resolution was adopted.... Every year on February 18th the members of Henry J. Sweeney Post and friends and relatives gather at Sweeney Park to pay tribute to the memory of Private Sweeney.\"

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Sweeney Park (NH)

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Title

Sweeney Park (NH)

Date

March 1918

Description

A neighborhood park on Manchester's west side that was renamed in March 1918 for Private Henry J. Sweeney (1897-1918), who grew up nearby and who was the first Manchester fatality of World War I.

See separate entry for the memorial bust erected at the park in 1931.

From “Manchester's Honored Veterans” published by the Manchester Veterans Council in 1996 and transcribed and posted online by Helen Coughlin:

"On March 15, 1918 a group of Manchester residents in the former Squog area asked to change the name of Walker Park to that of Sweeney Park as a memorial to Private Henry J. Sweeney, the first local soldier to die in action in the 1st World War. Some of the most prominent men were very interested in the suggestion to honor the West Side soldier and efforts were made to the aldermen John Barry, Ward 11 and Fred Lange, Ward 10. These aldermen made a joint resolution asking the City at their March meeting to do so. The move was a proper and fitting one to honor Manchester’s first soldier to give up his life for his country and the resolution was adopted.... Every year on February 18th the members of Henry J. Sweeney Post and friends and relatives gather at Sweeney Park to pay tribute to the memory of Private Sweeney."

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Location

South Main, Ferry, Fourth and Walker Streets
Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire