Then and Now: Neuvilly-en-Argonne and the Salvation Army

Neuvilly Church Then


Neuvilly Church Now


Neuvilly Canteen Then


Neuvilly Canteen Now


Caption:  Neuvilly-en-Argonne, Church where Salvation Army Lassies held a service and house that was used as a Salvation Army Canteen

Location:  Church is on the D946 in the center of Neuvilly-en-Argonne; Canteen building is behind the church and across the street.

Source of Then Photos:  “The War Romance of the Salvation Army” by Evangeline Booth and Grace Livingston Hill, 1919.

Source of Now Photos:  The Webmaster

Excerpts from “The War Romance of the Salvation Army,” pages 245-250:

“The house that had been selected for a Salvation Army canteen was nearly all gone.  One end was comparatively intact, with the floor still remaining, and this was to be for the canteen.  The rest of the building was a series of shell holes surrounding a cellar from which the floor had been shot away.”

“Across the road from the most ruined end of the canteen building stood an old church.  All of its north wall was gone save a supporting column in the middle, all the north roof gone.  There were holes in all of the other walls…  It had been used all day for an evacuation hospital.”



2 thoughts on “Then and Now: Neuvilly-en-Argonne and the Salvation Army

  • William M. Hallett

    My grandson and I visited this church in Neuvilly-en-Argonne on 27 Oct2015. My father was a patient in this church/ field hospital. He told me that the soldier on the second stretcher from the front of the photo (by the pillar where a man is standing) was him. He knew this because he could see the photographer taking the picture from the organ loft. The photo angle was right for this picture. I was thrilled to stand on the spot where he had once lain wounded. My father (Charles M. Hallett) was a Pvt., 140th Infantry, MGN Co., 35th Division. He was wounded 29 Sept 1918 somewhere in the vicinity of Baulny/Exermont. The large painting hanging behind the altar of the church is still there. I was told that it was too large to be hidden for safekeeping. A miracle that it survived. A local woman pointed out to me a crucifix which had been taken as a souvenir in 1918 and recently returned by heirs of the souvenir taker. I hope to return for the 100th Anniversary in 2018.


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