The Lost Faces of World War One — Part Eight

This is the continuation of a series of stories about men who died in World War 1, and whose photographs appeared in a publication called “Our Nation’s Roll of Honor.” The original post and explanation can be found at this link.  There will also be a complete listing of all the names researched at that same blog post.

LOST FACES OF WORLD WAR ONE: Our Nation’s Roll of Honor — Part Eight

FISCHER Robert Minneapolis MNCorp. Robert McCaughin Fischer
Minneapolis, Minn
Killed in Action

Robert McCaughin Fischer was born 29 Oct 1896 at New Ulm, Brown Co., MN, son of Dr. Gustave & Mary (McCaughin) Fischer. In 1900 he was living in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his parents and siblings: Richard (b July 1894) and Mario (b May 1899).  His father was a physician.

According to the biography on Find-A-Grave, Robert M. Fischer attended Humboldt and Emerson schools, Minneapolis Central High School, and the University Engineering school. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps 21 April 1917 at Saint Paul, Minnesota. He trained at Mare Island, Calfornia and Quantico, Virginia.

He was assigned to the 5th USMC Regiment, 2nd Division. He left for France on 30 July 1917.  He was killed shortly after 5 pm on June 6th, 1918 as he advanced under machine gun fire into the wheat field in front of Belleau Wood.  He was awarded the Navy Cross and the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously.

Robert McCaughin Fischer was buried at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Plot A Row 2 Grave 46.  A cenotaph is also located at Victory Memorial Drive, Minneapolis MN.

FLEMING William Cuba KSCorporal William Fleming
Cuba, Kansas
Killed in Action

William Fleming was born May 23, 1892 at Barrhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland to William & Mary (Bryce) Fleming.  He had two brothers and six sisters. He immigrated to the United States in October of 1912 joining two of his siblings there–Mrs. James [Mary Fleming] Hume  and Robert Fleming.

The local newspaper provided his biography: Gave His Life For The Cause of Liberty
Republic County mourns this week its first victim of a German bullet. Corporal William Fleming of this city was killed in action on Friday, June 7th. The deceased was born May 23, 1892 at Barrhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland, and gave to manhood in that country, having graduated from the Public Academy. He came to America in October 1912, and stayed with his sister Mrs. Hume, then living at St. Joseph, Mo.  Shortly after arriving he applied for his first papers to become a citizen of this grand and good country. He worked for the C. B & Q. Railroad for some time, later coming to this city. He worked here as section laborer, apprentice foreman, and later as foreman, being in the employ of the C.R.I. & P. railway for nearly 18 months in this city. He was transferred to Manhattan where he had charge of the section at that city until April 1917, when he enlisted in Co. B., Second Engineers, at St. Joseph Mo.  He was sent to El Paso, Texas for his training, and in the month of September 1917 was sent to France…. He was a member of Cuba Lodge No. 362, A.F. & A. M. He leaves to mourn his loss two sisters, Mr. T.C. Preble and Mrs. James Hume and one brother, Robert Fleming of this city, besides five sisters and one brother in Scotland. — The Cuba Daylight, Cuba, Republic County, Kansas, Thursday, June 20, 1918

William Fleming was killed at Belleau-Woods, France on 7 June 1918.

The Belleville Telescope (Belleville, Kansas); 27 June 1918, page 1–Wm. Fleming Honored. The citizens of Cuba and vicinity honored the memory of Corporal William Fleming who died in Action in France June 7th. At the band concert last Thursday evening the band played “Taps” as they unfurled a service flag with a gold star in it in honor of Corporal Fleming.

The Topeka Daily Capital, Topeka KS; 16 June 1918 Sunday–CUBA MAN IS KILLED
Corporal William Fleming Lost Life in France June 7. Cuba, June 15.–(Special)–Corp. William Fleming of this city was killed in France, June 7. He was a member of Company B, Second Missouri engineers, having enlisted in April last year. He was 26 years of age and a member of the local Masonic Lodge. He is survived by a brother and two sisters.

Corp. William Fleming of Cuba was the first Republic county man to be killed in action in France. He is buried Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, Plot A, Row 3, Grave 31. The William Fleming American Legion Post 345, was named in his honor.

FOSTER John G 2Corporal John C. Foster
Greenfield, IL
Killed in Action

John Chester Foster was born 18 November 1885 in Greenfield, Greene Co., IL, son of Everett E. & Edna Arlena (Combs) Foster.  He was a brakeman on the railroad. He married 27 July 1905 to Maud Theresa Sidener, daughter of Charles L. & Margaret (Fabry) Sidener. She b. 25 March 1887 IL, d. May 1967 in Springfield IL. In 1910 living in Springfield IL.

Children: Charles E. Foster (1905-1979), John Leonard Foster (1907-1937), Harold LaRue Foster (1911-2003) and Robert E. Foster (1914-1982)

During WW1 he served in Company E., 18th Regiment Infantry, 1st Div. He died 27 April 1918.  He was originally buried Grave #49 Sec C #176 American Villers, Tournelle, Somme, France.  He was re-interred on 7 April 1921 in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 18, 1196.

GALLOWAY Judson Newburg NYLieut. Judson P. Galloway
Newburgh, NY
Killed in Action

Judson Paul Galloway was born 15 September 1886 at Newburgh, NY, son of Washington & Elizabeth (Donahey) Galloway.  When his mother’s estate was probated in 1915, Judson’s siblings included  Livingston, Stewart, William C., Grace, Elizabeth.

At the time of his enlistment Judson was a self-employed merchant, living at 54 Grand Street in Newburgh, NY.  He had first enlisted in the NY State National Guard on 11 November 1907, and had previously served for 7 years, as a sergeant.  He married 10 January 1918 Jane McShane.

27 April 1918–Middletown Times-Press
Newburgh April 27–The first Newburgh young man to win the Cross of War is Lieut Judson P. Galloway, who was one of the first Americans to go with Gen. Pershing in the American Expeditionary Forces when the US entered the war. Lieut Galloway was among a company of French soldiers who made a raid and was gassed during the attack and it was while he was still in a French hospital near the front that the Colonel of the regiment came to his bed ad pinned the cross of war on his breast, the cross having with it the start to signify that he went “over the top.” Lieut Galloway did not feel the effects of the gas for several days after the attack but suddenly lost his voice and was taken to the hospital where he still was on March 29. He states in a letter to his wife, formerly Miss Jane MacShane that the doctors say he will be quite well within a few days. Lieut. Galloway, popular known as “Hud,” is well known in Middletown where he frequently played basketball with the old Tenth Separate Company Team.

He was a First Lieutenant in Company E., 23d Infantry at the time of his death.  He was sent overseas on 15 January 1918.  He was killed in action on 6 June 1918 at Chateau Thierry, France, and buried at Le Thiolet France, Cemetery 751.  He was later re-buried Plot A Row 2 Grave 28 Aisne-Marne American Cemetery.

WW1 Mililtary Cable — 1st Lieutenant Judson P. Galloway, Inf. — “For extraordinary heroism in action in the Chateau-Thierry Sector, France, 6 June 1918. Lieutenant Galloway exhibited exceptional courage and leadership when, after being mortally wounded, he continued to direct the steady advance of his platoon in the face of heavy machine gun fire until struck a second time and killed.” [He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously].

Newburg in the World War, page 104
JUDSON P. GALLOWAY, 30 years old, First Lieutenant. First Newburgher killed in action, after entrance of United States into war. Had previously been wounded and received decoration. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Washington Galloway. Married January 10, 1918 to Miss Jane McShane. Was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Judson Post, Nov 152 American Legion

His probate record shows his property was valued less than $500 and other than his widow he left 5 siblings: Stewart, William, Livingstone, Grace and Bessie [Mrs. Schouten], all of Newburgh NY.

25 Feb 1919 Middletown Times-Press, Middletown NY
Newburgh, Feb 25–Following service in the First Baptist Church Sunday evening members of the Machine Gun Company returned to the rooms in the State Armory where a portrait of Lieut. Judson P. Galloway, former member of Company E was unveiled. The exercises were simple. Capt. Cathcart unveiled the tablet, speaking a few words of appreciation of Lieut Galloway, paying tribute to his memory as the company stood at salute. The portrait is life size and is framed in black.

GAYLORD Arthur Minneapolis MNLieut. Arthur R. Gaylord
Minneapolis, MN
Killed in Action

Arthur Russell Gaylord was born 1 March 1893 Minneapolis, Hennepin Co. MN, son of Edson Starr & Louise/Louisa (March) Gaylord.  He had a sibling, Robert M. Gaylord.

Arthur R. Gaylord graduated from Minneapolis North High School in 1911, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in 1915. He attended Harvard Law School until he entered into the First Officers’ Training Camp at Fort Snelling, May 1917. He sailed for France 12 September 1917.

He was a First Lieutenant in the US Army, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division. He fought at Ansauville and Cantigny. He was killed in action 28 April 1918 at Villers-Tournelle, France. He is buried at Somme American Cemetery, Plot D, Row 22, Grave 1, with an additional cenotaph at Victory Memorial Drive in Minneapolis MN.


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3 Responses to The Lost Faces of World War One — Part Eight

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  2. Janice, Lieut. Judson P. Galloway was from my own Orange County, New York. Thanks for telling his story.

  3. Joseph Huit says:

    I research the 2nd engineers 2nd Division AEF. William Fleming is one of many lost 2nd engineers of WW1. I know many now. I started just looking for my grandfather. Now its a full time effort. Thanks for remembering him. Joe Huit

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