ROGER S. BAGNALL, 2LT, USMC

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Roger Bagnall '21

Date of birth: February 11, 1899

Date of death: September 10, 1925

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1921 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Roger died on September 10, 1925 in Washington, D.C. of cancer. (Information via email on February 16, 2020 from his grandson.)

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He was survived by his wife (married 1922) and son, Roger Jr. (USNA '47). (His wife remarried, to Francis McKenna, '21A, which graduated in 1920.)

From his grandson via email on April 12, 2020:

1. His service record shows that his first assignment was to the Marine Barracks in Quantico, as shown on the website, but he joined that on July 10, 1921. He was detached October 1, 1922, to the Navy Yard in Washington (not in May 1923). After that the record seems mostly OK.

2. The diagnosis was sarcoma, right ilium, multiple metastases in lungs, neck and groin. He was found unfit for service while in Cuba (July 22, 1924) and recommended transferred to a naval hospital. The hospital in Norfolk diagnosed his illness on August 24, 1924. Treatment was obviously unsuccessful, although he did live for somewhat more than a year after diagnosis.

3. It may be of interest that his wife, née Catherine Eldredge Cheatham, was the daughter of (then) Capt. Joseph Johnston Cheatham, later RADM (and head of the supply corps), who was at the funeral at Arlington, along his brother Col. Benjamin F. Cheatham, U.S.A. Catherine had her naval ancestry, too: her grandfather was Francis Hiram Arms, who died in the wreck of the Vandalia in Samoa in 1889, her uncle RADM Frank Thornton Arms.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

January 1922

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia


Others at this command:

May 1923

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

July 1923

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

September 1923

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

November 1923

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

January 1924

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

March 1924

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

May 1924

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

July 1924

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

September 1924

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard Norfolk, Virginia

November 1924

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard Norfolk, Virginia

January 1925

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard Norfolk, Virginia

March 1925

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard Norfolk, Virginia

May 1925

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard Norfolk, Virginia

July 1925

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard Norfolk, Virginia

October 1925

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard Norfolk, Virginia


Others at this command:



Class of 1921

Roger is one of 32 members of the Class of 1921 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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