Gordon E. Denton was a member of Pilgrim Church who served his country in World War One. He Enlisted on May 8, 1917. He rose to the rank of Corporal in Battery C of the 101st Field Artillery (Yankee Division.) He was killed in action at Haumont in France on October 31, 1918 at the age of 20 years and 11 months. He was the only member of Pilgrim Church to give his life in the World War. On October 31, 1920, his comrades and friends presented the Baptismal Font to Pilgrim Church in his memory. The Font is inscribed: "Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down is life for his freinds" (The Gospel of John 15:13.)
Letter from Gordon Denton to Pilgrim Church
Dated December 30, 1917
Article from Boston Globe
In his honor, the area at the junction of Wayland and Magnolia Streets in Dorchester was named "Denton Square" and a memorial plaque was affixed to a boulder there.