|Birth: ||Feb. 19, 1899|
St. Joseph County
|Death: ||Aug. 8, 1918|
The Boyne Citizen
Friday, August 23, 1918
Page 1 Columns 1 & 2
BOYNE CITY IS HIT HARD BY HUNS
Three Local Boys Meet Death on the Western Battle Front
Three of the first Boyne City boys to leave to defend their country's honor are also the first from this city to journey through "the valley of the shadow of death" to join the millions of martyrs to the cause of humanity who have preceded them to the Great Unknown.
Those reported to have laid down their lives for the cause of democracy are Corp. Charles Bender, Private Richard Furman Harvey and Private Leon Lemons.
-Corp. Charles Bender-
A telegram addressed to Mrs. Lola Bender, 616 Pleasant Avenue, was received yesterday, it read: "Deeply regret to inform you that it is officially reported that Corp. Charles Bender, Machine Gun Battalion, died August 4th from wounds received in action. Signed, Haris General."
Charles Bender, who was about twenty-eight years of age, left here with other drafted boys on the 21st of November 1917. He made his home in this city for about a year and was married during his residence to Lola Flanders, a local girl.
Corp. Bender leaves besides his wife, who is at present located at Detroit, a mother, Mrs. Mina Mulvihill, who also resides in that city.
A telegram dated Washington, August 22nd, was received yesterday by Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Crapo, 426 Silver Street, notifying them that Private Richard Furman Harvey, aged about 25, who had made his home with them for over two years while being employed at the Chemical works, had died from wounds received in battle in France July 6th, or just one year to a day from the date he enlisted. Private Harvey leaves a mother who resides in Kentucky.
Leon Lemons, also known as Harry Beeman, son of Steven Lemons who was employed for years as a clerk at the Herron and Son's Hardware store, is reported dead in France. Private Lemmons enlisted in the Canadian Army and but little is known of his recent activities. He was at one time employed in the Citizen Office.
Private Andrew Wheaton was lately reported killed in action but a recent letter received by relatives here would seem to discredit the report. The letter bearing a later date than that on which he was supposed to have been killed states that he is alive and well.
The Grand Rapids Herald
Monday morning, August 26, 1918
FINISH TASK "OVER THERE"
[The article contains a photo of both Leon Lemons and Corp. Charles Bender]
LEON LEMON CORP. CHARLES BENDER
Boyne City, August 22- Boyne City added two more golden stars to her service flag when word was received today from the war department of the deaths of Leon Lemon, who served with the British Cavalry and Corp. Charles Bender of the USA machine gun corps.
Leon Lemon was 16 years old when he first enlisted with the colors, but on account of his age his parents objected and he was released, but Leon was so bent on going to the front that their consent was given and he joined the Canadian troops before the United States was in the war. He was wounded several months ago and after regaining his health took up machine gun repair work and then went to the front with another troop. The last letter received from him was dated July 22, in which he states he was glad to get into the action again. His parents live here.
Corporal Bender died of wounds received in action August 4. He was corporal of the Eleventh machine gun Company, B, and has been in France since November 11. He was 28 years of age and leaves a wife, Loa Bender, of this city.
The Otsego County Herald & Times
Gaylord, Otsego County, Michigan
September 6, 1918
Stephen Lemons has received the sad news that his son, Leon, who was fighting with the Canadians in France, was killed on the field on August 2nd. Leon attended school here years ago and has many friends here.
The Petoskey Evening News
Tuesday, September 10, 1918
-- Leon Lemons, of Elmira, has been killed while fighting with the Canadians in France. He fell during a hot engagement, August 2, according to word just received by his father, Stephen Lemons.
Stephen Joseph Lemons (1867 - 1953)
Leon Joseph Lemons (1899 - 1918)
Harold Joseph Lemons (1914 - 1965)*
Flossie Louise Lemons Moses (1920 - 2012)*
Caroline Mae Lemons McCleary (1926 - ____)*
Canadian Machine Gun Corps
Beaucourt British Cemetery
Departement de la Somme
Plot: C. 8.
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