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Pvt Purnell Batts Barnett
Birth: Jun. 20, 1891
Scotland County
Missouri, USA
Death: Nov. 16, 1917
Fort Riley
Geary County
Kansas, USA

The three photos showing the Memorial "The Soldier in the Field", soldier atop monument, added by Pamela Blaine, is located in Scotland Co., Missouri. Click on the photo to read more.

The headstone monument has been vandalized with the removal of photos on all sides. Unknown when this occurred.

Purnell Batts Barnett died at Ft. Riley Kansas (where he was a recruit)... of pneumonia due to influenza. His death November 16, 1917 is slightly earlier than the first recognized case of the 1918 "Spanish" flu which is traced back to Ft. Riley, but Purnell suffered from similar symptoms and may have been one of the very first people to have died of a variant of that flu. His mother placed a memorial to him where he grew up in rural Scotland County, Missouri, a statue which is known to the locals as "The Soldier In The Field". The inscription reads: A soldier in his country's service 43 Days Co. 59 164 Depot Brigade World's war with Germany We gave all the child we had and it broke our hearts What did you give? Son of J.F. & M.K. Barnett He was a great lover of nature And of all animals He loved hunting dogs the bestThe people of France, England, Italy, Belgium, and Canada Should have undying love For U.S. soldiers He was buried in your cemetery, as was his mother when she passed in 1922.
- contributed by Ken Mitchell
Added: Jan. 8, 2014
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  James Francis Barnett (1865 - 1940)
  Mary Catherine Batts Barnett (1869 - 1922)
Port Royal Cemetery
Port Royal
Henry County
Kentucky, USA
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Record added: Dec 10, 2013
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