World War I Honor Roll

George E. Trebing

Private, U.S. Army

Company D,
309th Infantry Regiment

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: October 19, 1918
Buried at: Harleigh Cemetery
                  Camden, New Jersey

PRIVATE GEORGE EDWARD TREBING was the son of Carl E. and Wilhelmina Trebing. He lived at 508 North 5th Street in Camden NJ, where his father was self-employed as a shoemaker, with a shop at 430 Main Street in the same North Camden neighborhood in which he lived. Carl Trebing had been born in Germany, and was working as a shoe and boot-maker in Camden as early as 1887, and had opened his shop at 430 Main Street in business for himself by 1888. The family was living on the 400 block of Main Street when George was born. When the Census was taken in 1900 they lived at 414 Birch Street.

George Trebing registered for the draft in June of 1917. He was then working as a runner for the National State Bank at 223 Market Street. He was drafted on February 25, 1918, at the age of 29. After training at Camp Dix NJ, he was assigned to Company D, 309th Infantry Regiment. He died of wounds on October 19, 1918, in a partially wrecked church at Grand Pre, France that was being used as a hospital. He was charging with his squad when German machine gun fire wounded him in the side. A comrade carried him back to the old church, where he died.

George Trebing was survived by his mother and father, and three brothers, Walter A., Carl Jr,, and Harold Trebing. Walter A. Trebing was also a veteran of World War I. The Trebing family was still at the North 5th Street address as late as April of 1930. Carl Trebing Jr. became a dentist, later moving to a home on Marlton Pike near Cornell Avenue in Delaware Township (present day Cherry Hill) NJ. 

World War I Draft Card

Philadelphia Inquirer - July 24, 1921

PDF File from Philadelphia Inquirer, July 24, 1921
covering this and other war dead funerals being held locally

Thanks to Paul Trebing for his help in creating this page