Woodlawn Cemetery - Private Guy Week’s memorial, Edwardsville
Grant Amount: $1,875
The Woodlawn Cemetery in Edwardsville was founded in 1872. The only Doughboy statue in the cemetery memorializes Private Guy Weeks, who fought and died in action in October 1918 and fought at the Battle of Belleau Wood in June 1918. The Doughboy is in poor condition—currently in three pieces and missing the head, hat, and part of the rifle. It is believed that the monument was vandalized in the 1980s or early 1990s. Some of the broken pieces have been found and the Cemetery board is committed to restoring this treasure and once again honor Private Weeks. The monument is the property of the Week’s Family, however, the Board has been unable to locate any living members of the family. The cemetery maintains damaged monuments where owners cannot be located. The Board intends to work with Chris’s Cemetery Preservation, Inc. to reattach the found pieces and mold the missing pieces.