Apr. 4, 1892 Pleasant Creek Wayne County Utah, USA
Jul. 30, 1918 Bremerton Kitsap County Washington, USA
Son of Walter Ernest Hanks and Mary Ellen Stewart
Married Josephine Emily Fereday, 26 Jul 1917
Daughter - Mary Ellen Hanks, born and died 18 Jan 1919, Logan, Cache, Utah
Walter Benjamin Hanks Tribute to Young Wayne County Hero
Walter B. Hanks is a name that will be passed on to the future generations in Wayne Co. as the name of that county's first supreme sacrifice for world democracy. It is a satisfying knowledge to those who may conclude that the life of Wayne's first war victim was a living model of the most sterling qualities of that section of patriotic Utah.
Physically strong, morally clean, mentally alert so well cover the qualities of that hero that it seems difficult to say more. And so well were these qualities typified in Mr. Hanks' life that aspiring young Americans of Wayne County may well adopt the above as their life motto and the dead hero as their ideal.
Most of the readers of the article are already familiar with the fact that young Hanks, a volunteer from Grover, Wayne Co., was accidently killed at the Bremerton, Washington, shipyards the later of part of July, thus serving his country for the battlefield far from the noise and enchantment of the fight. He fell as he had lived modestly, bravely and unflinchingly for his country and his glory, his honor is as great as it would of been had he fell upon the death strewn field.
What the volunteer of the shipyards means to the nation is well stated in Mr. Hanks' government certificate reads, "The world's war will be won or lost in the American shipyards. Every rivet driven is a blow to the Kaiser. Every ship turned out brings American nearer to victory.
Those who gave their strength and their influence to the speedy construction of the ships renders service that is patriotic and highly essential to the successful termination of the war."
Walter B. Hanks was born April 4, 1892, at the Floral Ranch, the son of Walter E. and Mary Ellen Hanks, two of Wayne's most progressive citizens. The family has lived in Grover since 1909.
During 1913 to 1916 Walter filled an honorable mission to Holland, where he was president of his mission. Returning, he entered the UAC at Logan, where he met and later married Miss Josephine Fereday, who survives him, a proud widow. The couple moved to Grover and took up ranching but her husband felt the call of his country and volunteered last winter as related.
So well he has lived and died that one must say in about the words of the poem:
He so lived that when his summons came to join That innumerable hast that moves To that mysterious realm of death He went not like the quarry slave at night Scourged to his dungeon but sustained and soothed By an unfaltering trust, approached his grave Like one who wraps the draperies of his couch About him and lies down to pleasant dreams.