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St. Clair Willcox (1917)

WILLCOX

Posted By: Mary Welty Hart (email)
Date: 9/8/2007 at 22:39:51

Winterset Madisonian, Winterset, Iowa
December 26, 1917

ST. CLAIR WILLCOX Dies Of Pulmonary Tuberculosis
Death Invades Co. A Abroad

A government message came on the evening of Christmas day to Frank Willcox, notifying him of the death of his son, St. Clair, from pulmonary tuberculosis on Dec. 23d. This was the official notification from General Pershing of the bare facts sent in accordance with the government's custom. Mr. Willcox is seeking further information through Adjt. Gen. Logan, but it is hardly probable that he can furnish any details yet.

Clair Willcox was eager to join Company A last summer, when the company was being raised to war strength, but circumstances prevented his enlistment then. When the selective draft was made, Clair, whose number, 126, was the fourth drawn in Madison county, took advantage of permission granted to selected men to enlist as volunteers for a short period, and thus joined Company A, July 23, 1917, while they were in camp at the Country Club grounds.

Several years of experience as assistant in Niblo & Herring's drug store, qualified him for service in the hospital corps, to which he was transferred. While the Rainbow division was a Camp Mills, Clair was among those who were sick, and sent to the hospital with a severe cold in his lungs, which bordered on pneumonia. He sailed from this country on Nov. 24th, but where his death occurred in unknown at present.

St. Clair Willcox was born near Patterson, Oct. 4, 1895 and had a lot of friends, both young and old, who will recall his cheery, pleasant greetings and sorrow over his sudden death from disease.

Winterset will feel his death deep, in that it is the first invasion by death of the company's roster since it left Winterset last summer. Those who have sons in the service will sympathize with Mr. and Mrs. Willcox in their sad bereavement so full of suspense and uncertainty.

Note: Memorial gravestone in Union Chapel South stating Died & Buried, Liverpool, England.


 

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