Roy Gittens


Roy Gittens is Dead in France

Roy Gittens is mentioned on the following pages on the GW site:

Word has been received from France by I.J. Gittens of 608 Kirkwood avenue telling of the death of his son Roy on December 11. Roy enlisted last year and was sent to Camp Dodge, where he stayed only a short time before going over. He was a member of Co. M, 49th Infantry, 86th division. His father received a letter from him written November 11, the day the armistice was signed, saying that he was recovering from an attack of influenza and was feeling as well as could be expected. A short time after, pneumonia set in and the end came December 11, one month later.

Roy Gittens was born at Stuart, Iowa, twenty-three years ago. His mother died when he was three years old and he came to this city with his father. After finishing school he was employed three years at Oakdale, being in charge of the dairy there. Surviving are his father, his step-mother, two sisters and two brothers, Edith, Edna, Clarence and Hubert.

The death of this splendid young soldier will be deeply mourned by a host of friends and acquaintances in and about this city and the sympathy of the community will go out to the relatives in the hour of their grief.

~Iowa City Citizen, December 28, 1918

Memorial Services for Roy Gittens Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice With the A.E.F. in France
Memorial services were held Tuesday afternoon at four o'clock for Roy Gittens who died on December 11, somewhere in France. Rev. S.E. Ellis conducted the services. A girls quartet rendered a few selections. The whole community extend their deepest sympathy to the grief stricken parents, Mr. and Mrs. I.J. Gittens.

~Iowa City Citizen, January 1, 1919


-transcribed and Submitted by Sharyl Ferrall for Iowa in the Great War
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