The Lost Faces of World War One — Part Nine

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 Nine


GILL Bernard McLoud OKCorporal Bernard A. Gill
Killed in Action

Bernard A. Gill was born about 1890 in Kansas, son of Barnard & Catharine Gill.  In 1910 he was living with his family in Bales, Pottawatomie Co., OK.  His siblings included: Francis Gill, Thomas Gill, Michael Gill and Roger Gill.  Prior to living in Oklahoma, they had lived in Kansas and Louisiana.

Corp. Bernard A. Gill was a member of Company C, Second Brigade, Machine Gun Battalion,  at the time of his death on 29 May 1918. His body was returned from France for burial in Shawnee, OK in March of 1921 per a local newspaper.  Corp. Bernard A. Gill is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Shawnee, Pottawatomie Co.  OK

The Bernard Gill Post No. 16, Shawnee, was named in his honor.

GRANT Duncan Ross NYC NYLieut. Duncan Ross Grant
New York City
Killed Airplane Accident

Duncan Ross Grant was born 22 Sep 1897 in Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, son of  David C. & Gertrude C. (Hampson) Grant. In the 1900 US Census, he had siblings,  Charles H., and Dorcas C.

Duncan R. Grant was called into active service,  2nd Lt AS Sig Corps on Feb 5 1918. He was assigned to the 148 Aero Squadron, where he was serving at the time of his death. He was stationed at Taliaferro Field TX, and Garden City LI NY AEF, when he was shipped overseas on Feb 26 1918.

2d Lieut. Duncan Ross Grant died May 31, 1918 as the result of an “Aeroplane Accident” at Boscombe Douns/Down Amesbury, England.  He was buried June 24, 1918 at Amesbury Wilts, England, Grave 747. [I have been unable to locate his grave here, possibly it is this cemetery.]

Brooklyn Daily Eagle 7 June 1918
Duncan R. Grant, reported in today’s Army Casualty list as having been killed in an airplane accident in France, is a son of David C. Grant, vie president of the Lincoln National Bank. Mr. Grant said he learned first from a newspaperman of his son’s death and that he had received no word from the War Department. He left his office at once for his summer home in New Rochelle to tell his wife...”

HALBERG Arthur E Princetown ILPvt. Arthur E. Halberg
Princetown, IL
Killed in Action

Arthur Edwin Halberg, born 11 July 1894 in Wyanet, IL, was the son of John/Johan Arthur & Tilda Christine (Linden) Halberg.  His parents were Swedish immigrants. In 1900 he was living with his family in Wyanet, Bureau Co., IL.  Siblings at that time included: Ada, Darlene, Albin, Annie and John.

Arthur E. Halberg served in the regular U.S. Army during WW1, Company F, 38th Infantry.  He was killed in action.  [Reported KIA in newspapers of 9 April 1919]. An enigmatic statement follows: “General Headquarters AEF / (Dated) March 25, 1919 / Subparagraph G / Private Arthur E. Halberg 2,096,370 Infantry Camp Pike June Replacement Draft Company 7 reported killed July 23 [assumed 1918] northwest of Jaulonne by Earle Culpepher First Lieutenant at Obermandig Germany; verify.

According to a 1929 Illinois Roll of Honor, War Veteran Burials, he is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Bureau, IL.

HARDER Daniel Almyra ARKPrivate Daniel Harder
Almyra, ARK
Killed in Action

Daniel Harder, son of Fred W. “Fritz” & Barbara K. (Neukam) Harder, born 2 March 1895 Dubois, Indiana. In 1900 living in Harbison, Dubois Co., Indiana with parents and sibling, Michael (Michial).  By 1910 he had moved to Arkansas with his mother who remarried to Mike Hemmerlein. Daniel was of Gillett Arkansas when he filled out his draft card, occupation farmer.

He was Private Daniel Harder, U.S. Army, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division when he was killed in Action in France on 28 May 1918, aged 23. He was buried at Somme American Cemetery, Bony, France, Plot C, Row 11, Grave 12Daniel Harder Post 48 was named in his honor.

HENCKELL Emile Birmingham AlaCorporal Emile Henckell
Birmingham, Alabama
Died of Wounds

Emile Henckell was born 12 Feb 1893, in Cullman, Cullman Co., Alabama, son of Rev. (Dr.) Carl & Margaret (Obeifell) Henckell. His father Carl was first a dentist and later pastor of All Saints P.E. Church in Birmingham AL.  In 1910 he was living with his family, and siblings: Alfred Henckell, Irene Henckell, Barnwell Henckell, Walter Henckell, and Annetto Henckell.

At the time of Emile filling out his WW1 draft card, he was living at 1745 Jefferson Avenue, in Birmingham, Alabama, working as a surveyor for W.L. Tumer.  In 1915 he had previously served as a Sergeant in the Alabama National Guard’s Sanitary Co., 4th Regiment, for 5 years (medical duties).

The newspapers of October 1918 reported him as severely wounded, and a newspaper of February 1919 reported that he had died of wounds. His family tree (created by a relative on Ancestry) states he died 26 July 1918 Chateau Thierry, France.  Thanks to Sarah Jane Gabig who let me know (see comments) that his grave is in  Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama. [and where she placed my photograph without asking me].

The Rainbow Viaduct, in Birmingham, Alabama, is dedicated to the memory of the Jefferson County members of the 167th Infantry, Rainbow Division, of whom the following were killed in action or died of wounds in the World War 1914 – 1918.


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  2. Geoffrey Negus says:

    Re Duncan Ross Grant: yes, he was originally buried at Amesbury Cemetery, Wiltshire, England, in grave plot 747. However, the original War Grave Registration Report Form notes that he was exhumed. It’s very likely that his remains were returned to the United States.

  3. findagrave lists CPL Emile Henckell’s grave site as Elmwood Cemetery
    Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama,

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