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 Twenty
Victor Joseph Tuttle was born 21 November 1891 in Concord, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, the son of Howard O. & Laura A. (Smith) Tuttle. He was the grandson of Albion B. & Rose (Tuttle) Tuttle and Newell & Mary J. (Cook) Smith. He had one sibling, a sister Rosie E. [He also would be my distant cousin through his Tuttle lineage].
Victor’s early life was not easy. His father Howard O., committed suicide when he was 6 years old, and his mother struggled to provide a home. By 1910, at the age of 19, he had already entered military service, and can be found as an army soldier, at Fort Meyer in Alexandria, Virginia in that census year.
His official records of WWI military service show that he enlisted on March 19, 1916 at Fort Solcum NY. He was assigned to HQ Company, 28th Regiment, Maine Volunteer Infantry, and was sent overseas 12 June 1917, rank Private 1c. He was killed in action at the Battle of Cantigny, on 28 May 1918, and received a citation.
He is buried at Somme American Cemetery, Picardie France. He is also probably recognized with cenotaphs at two other Maine cemeteries.
Thomas James Whalen Jr., was born 29 November 1892 in Rock Springs, Wyoming, as Thomas Johnson. He was the son of Henry & Sarah Johnson, English immigrants. Henry was killed in a coal mining accident, leaving his widow and two children. Thomas was born a few months after his father’s death, and his mother remarried to Thomas James Whalen, who apparently adopted Thomas. Thomas had 2 full-siblings, Nellie and Harry/Henry, and a half-sibling, Abbie.
In 1917, at the time of filling out his WWI Draft Registration card, Thomas was working as a “Rock Road Fireman,” in a station between Rock Springs & Superior, Wyoming.
He was sent to France, and served as a Private in Company C, Second Brigade, Machine Gun Battalion. He was wounded at Cantigny on May 29, 1918 and died the following day. He is buried in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Denver Co., Colorado.
Rev. Henry Lee Jewett Williams was born on 1 December 1887 at Macon, Georgia, the son of Dr. Howard J. & M. Kittie (Jewett) Williams. He had siblings Martha Williams (who m. Eldridge Cabiness), Hannah, and Howard “Dutchie.”
Known as “Jewett,” H.L. Jewett Williams was a graduate of the University of Georgia (Class of 1908), and later from Oxford College, England (he was a Rhodes Scholar). He was much-beloved and highly regarded Episcopalian minister in Georgia, and once the pastor of the Milledgeville, Georgia church.
He married Eleanor Barrow, daughter of Chancellor David Barrow of the University of Georgia. They lost a son in infancy, and had a daughter Eleanor Barrow Jewett Williams, born 2 Jan 1917, who was a little over a year old when her father, Jewett, died in France.
When the United States entered WWI, Rev. Jewett Williams refused an offer of a post as chaplain, and instead went to the 1917 Officers’ Training Camp at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., where he won a commission as a Captain of infantry on 15 August 1917. He was assigned to the 326th Infantry, 82d division. On 29 April 1918 he was sent to France.
He had been in France just a few weeks before he met his death, his family having just received a letter announcing his safe arrival when they received a telegram announcing his death. “Capt. Thomas Wert of Company C, 320th Machine Gun Battalion, later with the 82d division in France stated that he “was in the front line trench when Captain Williams of Athens was killed some time ago. He stated that Captain Williams was shot by a machine gun and was instantly killed while he was out with a wiring party. They went to the trench together, he said.” [from The Constitution, Atlanta, GA newspaper, Sunday, July 14, 1918]
Captain Jewett Williams was killed in action on 9 June 1918 at Albert [near Somme] France. He was at first buried at Abbeville Communal Cemetery, Plot 8 Row A, Grave 3. In October of 1918 a joint memorial service was held for him at Christ Church in Macon, Georgia. Macon, Ga., October 22 (Special) — A joint memorial service for Chambers Bunting and Captain Jewett Williams, both of whom recently met death in France while fighting the Germans, will be held at Christ church, Episcopal, in Macon next Sunday afternoon at 5 o’clock. Both of these young soldiers were communicants at Christ church and Captain Williams, who was an Episcopal minister before joining the colors, had often officiated at service in that church. The members of the 151st Machine Gun battalion auxiliary will attend the service in a body. [The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia) 23 Oct 1918]
After the war, his body was returned home to his native state of Georgia. On 12 January 1921, Wednesday, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta GA, on page 2 announced:
Macon, Ga. January 11.–(Special.)–“The body of Captain Jewett Williams well-known Georgian, who was one of the first young men from this state to make the supreme sacrifice in France, will arrive in Athens Friday morning, according to word received by his mother, Mrs. Kitty Jewett Williams, of Macon, today. Funeral arrangements have not been announced but it is understand here the Athens business houses will close during the hour of the funeral, and educational institutions in Athens will also suspend at the time. The American Legion post of the University of Georgia was named the H. Jewett Williams post in honor of Captain Williams and will take part in the funeral exercises.”
The funeral was conducted by Bishop Troy Beatty, of Tennessee. Capt. Jewett Williams is now buried in Oconee Hill Cemetery, Athens, Clarke Co. Georgia, Plot V 36. His wife and daughter rest beside him.
Harrison Williams was born 6 Nov 1888 in Aberdeen, Brown Co., South Dakota. He was the son of farmer, James Stevens Williams and Flora Jane Hemenway. His siblings included Jennie Emeline, Charles Howard, Mary Hellen, Henry Clarke, and James Herman.
[Editor’s note: research on this man was one of the most difficult I’ve performed in this collection. There were several Harry Williams, including several in and around Montana, who served in WWI, and others who died during that war. I was able to find enough primary evidence to support that the Corporal Harry Williams in this photograph is the same one that I describe here. The Find-A-Grave site states his name was Asa Harrison Williams, and though it is possible, since he had an uncle Asa Williams, I have found NO primary evidence to show this, and only a census listing showing “Harrison” or “Harry” as his usual first name].
He served in France during WWI in Co. B, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division.
I was fortunate to discover the Montana Memory Project, that provides a military service card for every WWI soldier. The transcription is as follows:
Williams, Harry, 83,225 [serial #]
Enlisted at Baker Montana March 26, 1917
Born Aberdeen S. Dakota, age 28-4/12 [making him born about Nov/Dec 1888]
Served in Co. I 2nd Infantry Montana National Guard (Co I 163 Inf) to March 14, 1918; Co. I 127th Infantry to April 17, 1918; Co. B 127th Infantry to Death.
Promotions: Pvt: Pvt 1cl Oct 1, 1917; Corp Nov 23, 1917.
Engagements: Alsace, Chateau Thierry, Soissons
Served overseas from Dec 15, 1917 to death
Killed in Action Sept 3, 1918
Person notified J.S. Williams, Father at Bisher (via Ekalaka).
Corporal Harry Williams was killed 3 September 1918 and was buried probably nearby. When the war ended, his body was removed to Plot D Row 25 Grave 19 at Oise-Aisne American Cemetery. In 1931 his mother, Flora, was among the Gold Star Mothers and Wives who visited the graves of their loved ones, lost in WWI, at the governments expense. She returned home from France on the S.S. America, arriving in New York City harbor on 5 June 1931. Her address at that time as 807 Joy Avenue, N. Rapid, City, South Dakota.
Lloyd/Lord A. Worley was born 26 May 1899 in Mount Vernon, Knox Co., Ohio, son of Hugh B. & Deley/Della I. (Matchone) Worley. His siblings included Harry B. Worley & George H. Worley.
Private Lloyd A. Worley was at first reported to be severely wounded, when it is later apparent that by the time his father received the telegram, Lloyd had died. The Democratic Banner (Mount Vernon, Ohio), 25 October 1918, Friday, page 1 reported: LLOYD A WORLEY IS SEVERELY WOUNDED. Father Gets Word That Son Was Injured in France on August 31. — The Great war on the other was was brought closer to home again to the people of Mt. Vernon and Knox county Thursday when a telegram was received by Hugh Worley announcing that his son, Private Lloyd A. Worley, was wounded severely in action on August 31. The telegram, which said the war department had no further information on the wounding of Worley, was signed “Harris, the adjutant general,” and was dated from Washington.
The telegram follows:
“Deeply regret to inform you that it is officially reported that Private Lloyd A. Worley, infantry, was wounded severely in action on August thirty-first. Department has no further information.” Worley enlisted at the time of the formation of E Battery and sailed, as far as it is known, with that unit. It is gathered from the telegram, however, that he was transferred to the infantry on reaching France.
The Adjutant General records of Ohio show these details for Pvt Lloyd A Worley: [EXACT WORDING]: NG Mt Vernon, O. May 10/17. Br Mt Vernon O., 18 11/12 yrs Btry E 1 FA ONG to Apr 19/18; Sup Co FA Repl Regt Dep Div to June 1/18; Btry B 147 FA to death. Pvt. Aisne-Marne; Oise-Aisne; Defensive Section. AEF May 2/18 to death. KIA Aug 31/18. Notified Hugh Worley, father, 107 E. Walter, Mt. Vernon O.
Private Lloyd A. Worley died on 31 August 1918, as a member of the American Expeditionary Forces. He was a member of Battery B, 147th Field Artillery. He had served at Aisne-Marne and Oise-Aisne in the Defensive Section. He is buried in Plot D Row 3 Grave 2 at the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery in France.
August Thomas Ziolkowski was born 26 August 1891 in Luddington, Mason County, Michigan, son of Valentine Ziolkowska & Elizabeth Terska/Tirski. His siblings included Lucile, who married 1st) Wilbur Hazzard, m2d) Casimir Ufnowski; and Simon A. Ziolkowski who d. in 1950.
He enlisted in the USMC (United States Marine Corp) on 25 Nov 1912 at a recruiting station in Detroit, Michigan. From there he was sent to Norfolk, Virginia, and then several stations including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Marine Barracks, Mare Island, Vallejo, CA; Philippines; and Peking, China.
By July 17, 1917 Private Ziolkowski was stationed in France, where it was noted that he was slightly wounded in action against the enemy at Blanc Mont Ridge, Champagne Front, and evacuated to SOS Hospital. He was promoted To Gunnery Sgt May 25, 1918.
–From official U.S. Marine Corps Muster Roll–
KILLED AND DIED OF WOUNDS
Casualty Cablegram 524/18
May 1 1919, Case 96773
79th Company, 6th Regiment, Marine Corps, AEF
Ziolkowski, August T.
Died of wounds received in action against the enemy, death in the line of duty and not the result of his own misconduct. Had he been discharged he would have been awarded “CHARACTER EXCELLENT.”
According to Gunnery Sergt. August T. Ziolkowski’s burial stone, he died 15 October 1919. He is buried at Pere Marquette Cemetery in Ludington, Mason County, Michigan.
The Ludington Daily News, Ludington, Michigan 29 May 1953 printed the following notice: ZIOLKOWSKI–In loving memory of my brother, August Ziolkowski, who died in service, May 1920. [sic]
He died the helpless to defend,
A faithful solder’s noble end.
—His sister, Mrs. C.J. Ufnowski.