Albion to dedicate new panel on Friday in honor of Sheret brothers who died on same day in WWI

Courtesy of Tim Archer and Grade 7 Service Learning Class at Albion: This display for an interpretive panel about the Sheret family will be dedicated at 11 a.m. on Friday at Central Hall on East Park Street, which used to be an American Legion Post.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 May 2022 at 10:02 am

ALBION – An interpretive panel highlighting the service and sacrifice of the Sheret family will be dedicated on Friday at Central Hall, the county-owned building on East Park Street that is home to the treasurer’s office and Department of History.

That red-brick building also was a school from 1882 to 1934, and then was an American Legion Post. It was the home for the Sheret Post, named in honor of the Sheret brothers who died on the same day in World War I.

The 11 a.m. ceremony on Friday will unveil a panel just rght of the front steps that provides details about the Sheret family. The public is welcome to attend the dedication.

The building from 1935 to 1980 was home to Sheret Post #35 American Legion. General Pershing called Sgt. Sheret “one of the hundred heroes of WW1.”

A member of Co. F. 108th Reg., NY Volunteer Infantry, Sgt. Sheret was killed in action on September 29, 1918 during the attack on the Hindenburg Line. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for the bravery of his actions.

Pvt. Egbert Sheret, a machine gunner, was also killed in action that day.

Another brother, Andrew, was wounded at that battle, but survived. A fourth brother, John G. served in the Navy and survived the war.

The brothers were the sons of John Galashan Sheret Sr. He came from Aberdeenshire, Scotland in 1886 and worked as a block breaker in the quarries. He married Anna Wickizer of South Ausman, Susquehanna County, Pa. in 1891.

Albion seventh-graders will speak about the Sheet family during the ceremony on Friday, which will also include remarks from County Legislator Don Allport, County Historian Catherine Cooper, Sheret Post leader Philip Warne, local veteran Ron Ayrault, Orleans DAR Regent Ann Jacobs. The Honor Guard will also offer a gun salute.