Shawnee County, (Kansas) Western Front Casualties S-W in WWI
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Shawnee County Casualties in WWI
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Where known, the information is organized as follows:
SURNAME, Names, Rank, Regimental assignment, Date Enlisted, Honor Roll listing
Date of Birth, Birthplace, State, Parents and/or Spouses names,
Date and details of death, Burial information
Abbreviations:
KIA - Killed in Action, MIA - Missing in Action, DFW - Died from Wounds,
DFD - Died from Disease, DIA - Died in Accident

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Roderick Shipley
SHIPLEY Roderick Joseph
Cpl National Guard, HQ Co. 130th Field Artillery, 35th Division. Enlisted July 1917 in Shawnee Co. Honor Roll Casualty List Sept 19, 1918.
Born 21 Sep 1894 Rossville, Shawnee Co., KS. Son of Ella Mary (Van VLECK)& Roderick Aquila SHIPLEY, Rossville, Shawnee Co., KS.
DFD 10 July 1918 of mouth & throat disease in Angers (possibly Base Hospital #27 at Angers, Maine-et-Loire) France.
Originally buried in French soil, remains returned and re-interred in the Rossville Cemetery, Shawnee Co., KS Section 4, Lot 4 on 10 Oct 1920.
Clifford Spotts
SPOTTS Clifford Chase
Pvt National Army. Battery B, 6th Field Artillery, 1st Division. Enlisted 19 Sept 1917 in Shawnee Co. Honor Roll Casualty List August 8, 1918.
Born 11 Feb 1888 Friend, Saline Co., NE. Son of Charles D. & Rose R. SPOTTS, Techumseh, Shawnee Co., KS.
KIA 21 Jul 1918 by a shellburst while driving back from the Front (on a line between Buzancy and Berzy-le-Sec, south of Soissons) in an ammunition truck to collect more ammunition.
Originally buried in the Commune of Missey-Aux-Bois, Aisne, France, remains returned and re-interred in the Rossville Cemetery, Shawnee Co., KS Section 4 Lot 12 on 20 May 1921.
Earl Stout
STOUT, Earl H.
Pvt National Guard, E Co., 139th Infantry 35th Division.
Honor Roll Casualty List Nov 14, 1918.
Born 19 Jun 1898 Horton, Brown Co., KS. Son of Emma E. & Albert STOUT
KIA 27 Sept 1918 north of the town of Varennes on the way to Charpentry, on the second day of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.
Buried at Meuse- Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France Plot B Row 25 Grave 37.
Earl Sullivan
SULLIVAN Earl David
Cpl National Guard, B Co., 137th Infantry, 35th Division. Enlisted Aug 1917.
Honor Roll Casualty List Oct 28, 1918.
Born 10 Nov 1891 Elmont, Shawnee Co., KS. Son of Frances Mahallia (GODOWN) & (the late) John Henry SULLIVAN.
DFW 28 Sept 1918 sustained sometime during the first three days of the Argonne Offensive.
Earl Sullivan had earned a Divisional Commander commendation, earlier in the war, when he took part in a successful raid on enemy lines on July 20, 1918 at Landersbach while the 35th Division was stationed in the Vosges Mountains, Alsace theater for its training: "The Division Commander takes great pleasure in citing the following-named officers and enlisted men for gallant action against the enemy in a raid on Landersbach, July 20, 1918: .........." On page 47 of the book "Heroes of the Argonne" by Charles E. Hoyt (1919) eleven men from the 137th Infantry were cited from this raid, including Earl Sullivan, and the author reports that the raid had netted five German captives and nineteen dead.
Originally buried in French soil, remains returned to the US and re-interred in the Mt Hope Cemetery, Topeka, KS Section 5, Lot 176, Space 1 on 15 Aug 1921.
William Summers
SUMMERS, William F.
Pvt Regular Army, G Co., 64th Infantry, 7th Division. Enlisted April 1917.
Honor Roll Casualty List Nov 25, 1918.
Born 6 Mar 1900 Kelly, Nemaha Co. KS. Son of John W. & (the late) Maze (HUEY) SUMMERS, Topeka, KS
KIA 22 Oct 1918 in the Puvenelle Sector and Woëvre Plain Operation, France following the St. Mihiel Offensive. A strong raiding party from the 64th Infantry, supported by artillery, was sent to the north of La Souleuvre Ferme on the 22nd.
Originally buried in French soil, remains returned to the U.S. and re-interred in the Fairview Cemetery, Nemaha County, Kansas Section "C", Lot 26.
Kenneth Sutherland
SUTHERLAND Kenneth L. (see Stories)
PFC National Guard, A Co., 110th Field Signal Battalion, 35th Division.
Honor Roll Casualty List Jul 30, 1918.
Born 28 Oct 1898 Topeka, KS. Son of Aurilla L. & Charles E. SUTHERLAND, Topeka, KS
KIA 17 July 1918 by a high explosive shell at or near Kruth, Alsace, France.
Originally buried in French soil, remains returned to the US and re-interred in the Topeka Cemetery, Section 82, Lot 188, Interment #16444 on 4 June 1921.
William Swan
SWAN William Hamilton Serial #2176177
Mechanic, D Co., 353rd Infantry, 89th Division. Enlisted Sept 1917 in Topeka, KS.
Honor Roll Casualty List Dec 24, 1918.
Born 9 Jan 1890 Topeka, KS. Son of Clara (DAVIDSON) & Hamilton and SWAN, Topeka, KS and husband of Clara May (HAYNES) SWAN.
DFW 29 Oct 1918 in the American Red Cross Evacuation Hospital #114 at Fleury following severe gun shot wounds to the left thigh sustained in action on or about 25 Oct at Bantheville Wood, in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. SWAN was admitted to the hospital on Oct 26th.
Originally buried in the Central Hospital Cemetery at Fleury-sur-Aire, remains re-interred in the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery and later returned to the US and re-interred in the Topeka Cemetery Section 82, Lot 195, Interment #16571 on 18 Oct 1921.
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SWANNELL, Thomas Burton
Pvt, A Co., 303rd Engineers 78th Division. Enlisted 29 Apr 1918 in N.J. but resident in Topeka, KS. Born 24 Feb 1894 Red Bank, NJ. Brother of Dr. & Mrs. Edmund James KULP, Topeka, KS
KIA 29 Sept 1918 while the 78th Division was holding the area around Limey-Remenauville, in the aftermath of the St. Mihiel Offensive. The organization of this sector, just taken from the enemy, and the frequent raids carried out to divert the attention of the enemy from the approaching Meuse-Argonne Offensive, made its occupancy a particularly active one, and the division suffered 2,107 casualties.
According to the diary of a Private J.G. Northrup, Co. B, 303rd Engineers, entitled "Diary of My Army Life”, on 9/28 he reports: “Very, very bad day. Worst since in France. Shelled all day and night. Waiting any minute for a shell to finish us. There were five men hur(t) while eating. Two killed and blown to a hundred pieces which we picked up with a shovel and put in a box. I was sent as the orderly with the capt to report this to Hdqr. A shell burst in front of me …ripped the butt off my gun.” 9/29 Smokd all night. One cigarette after another living in dugout waiting for shell to finish us. Everyone was a nervous wreck, camoflague, Limey, building a bridge while under heavy fire."
Buried at St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, France Plot D Row 2 Grave 17.
Harry Swendson
SWENDSON, Harry Augustus (served as Harry DAVENPORT) (see Stories)
Lt, D Co., 4th Battalion, 1st Australian Infantry Brigade. Enlisted in the Australian Army at Orange, New South Wales, Australia Oct 1915.
Born 31 Mar 1880 Hawthorne, Atchison Co., KS. Son of Sarah Alice (HAUSER) & Severt A. SWENDSON (both deceased), Hawthorne, Atchison Co., KS.
DFW 4 Oct 1917, after fatal wounding from a sniper or shell fragments from a shell-burst, in the right chest or neck, at about 8:30 am, while digging in near the third enemy line which his Company was holding at Polygon Wood, Broodseinde Ridge (Passchendaele Campaign), Belgium. He was dressed temporarily in the field and the stretcher bearers started for the dressing station but he died before they reached it. Harry was buried along the Broodseinde Ridge but, in the intensive enemy shelling, his grave marker was lost and his body never recovered.
Harry Swendson's name is located at panel 42 in the Commemorative Area on Panel 42 at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia and on the Soldiers' Memorial at Wongarbon Primary School, New South Wales, Australia. His name is also engraved on Panel 29 of the Ypres , Belgium and on the Atchison County WWI Memorial Honor Roll, Atchison, Kansas.
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TAYLOR, George Daniel
PFC, L Co., 355th Infantry, 89th Division. Enlisted April 1918.
Honor Roll Casualty List Feb 26, 1919
Born 18 Nov 1888 Osborne, Osborne Co., KS. Cousin of Mr. & Mrs J. Frank Zook, Rossville, Shawnee Co., KS.
DFD 2 Feb 1919 at Base Hospital #69, Savenay, Loire-Atlantique, following his recovery from wounds received on 5 Nov 1918 in the Argonne Offensive, compounded by a stab wound in the abdomen which caused peritonitis.
Originally buried in French soil, remains returned to the US and re-interred in the Rossville Cemetery - no headstone.
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VAN TASELL, Henry (Harry) Clair
Pvt, 347th Ambulance Company, 87th Division.
Honor Roll Casualty List Dec 5, 1918.
Born 29 Jan 1896 Berwick, Warren Co., IL. Son of W.H. & Rosa B. VAN TASELL, Burlingame, Osage Co., KS and husband of Erma (AIKINS) VAN TASELL, Topeka, KS
DFD 8 Nov 1918 of complications from the Spanish influenza and pneumonia at Limoges, (either Base Hospital #13 or #28), Haute-Vienne, France.
Originally buried at the American Cemetery at Limoges, France, remains returned to the US and re-interred in the Mt Hope Cemetery, Topeka, KS Section 1, Lot 171, Space 3.
Albert Thompson portrait
THOMPSON Albert Jr.
PFC With the 849 Co., 813rd Stevedore Battalion TC. Enlisted at Bannock, ID. 5 Oct 1917
Born 23 Jun 1894 Berwyn (now Gene Autry), Carter Co., OK. Son of Albert & Alice THOMPSON, Topeka, KS.
DFD 16 July 1919 of carcinoma of the mouth at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX. PFC Albert THOMPSON served in France with the Stevedore Regiment No. 302 (M Co.) during WWI (see John BURNETT for more about the Stevedores) and returned to the US following the end of the war.
Buried in the Topeka Cemetery Section 74, Lot 12, Interment #15861 on 21 Jul 1919.
Robert Weirich
WEIRICH Robert M.
Pvt, 300th Bakery Company of the Quartermaster Corps. Enlisted June 1918.
Honor Roll Casualty List Oct 28, 1918.
Born 28 Aug 1887 White City, Morris Co., KS. Son of John & Sophia (HERPICH) WEIRICH, Junction City, Geary Co., KS
DFD 30 Sep 1918 of complications from the Spanish influenza and pneumonia. Newspaper reports place him in France but there is the possibility that he died en-route, in England (reportedly at a hospital in Warwickshire).
Buried in the St. Marys Cemetery, Junction City, Geary Co., KS.
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WESTLING, John Ruben Serial #2176551
Cpl, G Co., 353rd Infantry, 89th Division. Enlisted Sept 1917.
Honor Roll Casualty List Nov 16, 1918.
Born 28 Jan 1895 Green, Clay Co. KS. Son of John G. and Hulda C. WESTLING, Fancy Creek, Riley Co., KS. and husband of Naomie WESTLING, Topeka, KS
KIA 23 Sept 1918 in continuing action following the St. Mihiel Offensive. From the Company History of Co. G, 353rd Division there is the following account “During the night of September 21st the company moved up to the first line again in the Bois de Charey, or “Suicide Woods”, as the boys usually called it, north of the village of Beney. …….. On the following morning, September 23rd, the First Battalion of the 356th Infantry hurdled “G” Company sector and made a raid on the Boche lines. In retaliation the German artillery laid down a barrage where “G” Company had “dug in", causing heavy casualties among both 356th men and “G” Company. The woods at that point were very dense and the enemy artillery shelled them continuously, day and night.”
Originally buried on the battlefield, 1 kilometer west of Beney and 50 ft south of the road to St Benoit in Grave #9, later re-interred in the St. Mihiel military cemetery in France. Remains returned to the US and buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Leonardville, Riley Co., KS Plot: 4-8.
Okey Williams
WILLIAMS, Okey Dovener
Fireman FC Navy
Born 21 June 1896, Dodridge Co., WV. Resident in Topeka, KS. Son of Flora D. MAMEN and (the late) Martin WILLIAMS, Decatur, Macon Co., IL
DFD 9 Oct 1918 of complications from the Spanish influenza and broncho-pneumonia at Naval Radio Station, Pauillac, France.
Buried in Fairlawn Cemetery, Decatur, Macon Co., IL.
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WILSON, John
Pvt, B Co., 806th Pioneer Infantry Regiment. Enlisted Aug 1918.
Honor Roll Casualty List Nov 16, 1918.
Born 11 Sept 1888 Topeka, Shawnee Co. KS. Husband of Hazel A. WILSON Topeka, KS
DFD 16 Oct 1918 at a base hospital in France. The 806th Pioneer Infantry was assigned near the Bellieville to Metz region, during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, to build an ammunition depot. Originally buried in French soil, remains returned to the US and re-interred in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Topeka, KS on 22 Jun 1921.
John Wilson
WILSON Leonard Raymond
Pvt 3rd Class Regular Army, 3 Co., Sept Aut Repl Draft, Ft Leavenworth. Enlisted Aug 1918 in CO. Honor Roll Casualty List Nov 29, 1918.
Born17 Mar 1898 Osawatomie, Miami Co., KS. Son of Clara & Barton S. WILSON, Topeka, KS
DFD 8 Oct 1918 of complications from the Spanish influenza and pneumonia in France.
Originally buried in French soil, remains returned to the US and re-interred in Arlington National Cemetery, VA Section 18, Grave 4188 on 2 Feb 1922.
Erwin Wolf
WOLF Erwin G.
Pvt, 354th Infantry, 89th Division. Enlisted Mar 1918 in St Louis, MO.
Honor Roll Casualty List Dec 12, 1918.
Born 5 Dec 1890 LaGrange, Lewis Co., MO. Son of Martha J. & (the late) George WOLF, Topeka, KS DFW 6 Nov 1918 sustained in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.
Buried at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France Plot D Row 22 Grave 7.
James Wray
WRAY James Arthur
Cpl, Marine Corps. 6th (82nd J Co.) Marine Regiment attached to the 2nd Division. Enlisted 18 May 1917.
Born 27 Jul 1883 Falls City, Richardson Co., NE. Son of Anna M. & James M. WRAY
KIA 5 Oct 1918 while delivering a message during the Battle of Blanc Mont Ridge at Champagne. Originally buried in French soil, remains returned to the US and re-interred in the Rochester Cemetery, Section 13W, Lot 961 Interment #4442 on 17 Sept 1921.
 

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