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David Sloan Graham
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Birth: Nov. 11, 1875
Cumberland County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jun. 6, 1918
Departement de l'Aisne
Picardie, France

Was Son of Professor and Mrs. Alexander Graham.
Killed, Presumably, During Marines' Drive Early in June in Chateau Thierry Region.
Private David S. Graham, of the marine corps, eldest son of Professor Alexander Graham, assistant superintendent of the public schools of Charlotte, and Mrs. Graham, was killed in action in the Chateau Thierry region of France June 6, according to official information received yesterday by his parents.

The name of Private Graham appeared in the casualty list issued June 21 by the marine corps commander. His address was given as Chisholm, Minn., the home of his brother, Dr. Archibald Graham.

Professor and Mrs. Graham had received no word of the death until yesterday morning when they received a letter of condolence from their son, Frank Graham, who is at a marine officers' training camp near Alexandria, Va. Frank Graham had seen the name in the casualty list and considered from the first that it was his brother, although it had been presumed by his family here that he had given his emergency address as Charlotte. It developed yesterday, following the news of his death, however, that he had given as his emergency address, the address of his brother, Dr. Archibald Graham, at Chisholm.

Upon receipt of the letter from his son, Professor Graham telephoned Secretary of the Navy Daniels, requesting him to look into the matter. Secretary Daniels telegraphed a reply as follows:

"David S. Graham, 47th regiment, fifth company, killed in action June 6."

Soon after the telegram from Secretary Daniels, Frank Graham telegraphed that David Graham had given the address of his brother at Chisholm, Minn., as his emergency address.

Dr. Archibald Graham could not be communicated with yesterday. Members of the family presume that Dr. Graham considered that they, too, had received notice of the death, hence he did not write them. Frank Graham in his letter yesterday morning wrote as though he believed his parents were acquainted with the fact that David Graham had been killed.

It is presumed that Private Graham was killed during the big drive of the marines in the Chateau Thierry region when the Germans were driven back some distance.

The dead soldier had served in the United States marine corps nine years. A year ago he was serving as quartermaster sergeant of his company in Santo Domingo. About then his enlisment period expired. He found out his particular company likely would not go to France just then. In his eagerness to go abroud he refused to enlist again in that company, although he was offered a commission if he would remain, and enlisted as a private in another company. This company was included in the first detachment of marines to go across with General Pershing.

Private Graham was born in Fayetteville 43 years ago. Graduating from the Charlotte high school in 1892, he attended Jackson business college two years. He then attended the University of North Carolina two years, and was secretary there to Dr. E. A. Alderman and Dr. Venable, president of the institution. Desiring to study medicine he attended the University of Maryland. To his regret, his eyes failed after being at the university a shor twhile and he was forced to give up his studies. He went into the electrical business, but was forced to discontinue that owing to his eyes troubling him.

Physicians advised him to let his eyes rest, and he joined the marine corps. That was nine years ago. He was quartermaster sergeant of his company at Santo Domingo. During his service in the marines he was stationed at Honolulu, San Francisco, and was in Mexican waters during the trouble with Mexico.

David Graham was the second son Professor and Mrs. Graham have lost in the last three years. Neal Graham, one of the prominent young attorneys in the city, died about three years ago from pneumonia.

Besides Frank Graham, George Graham, another son, is in the army. He is a member of the American expeditionary forces in France.

Surviving Private Graham are his parents, four sisters and three brothers: Misses Mary, Hattie, Kate and Annie Graham, all of Charlotte.

Private Graham is the third soldier from Mecklenburg, reported thus far, to lose his life in France. Joe L. Orr, marine corps, son of Postmaster and Mrs. T. J. Orr, of Matthews, died early in June from wounds received in action, and some weeks ago Henry Smart, marine corps, of Chadwick-Hoskins, was killed.

Two Charlotte men have died in the service of this country: John Hutchison, who was attending the second officers' training camp at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., and Morson McManaway, who was in the aviation section at Waco, Texas.

Charlotte Observer, 06.25.1918 
Family links: 
  Alexander Graham (1844 - 1934)
  Catherine Bryan Sloan Graham (1855 - 1939)
  David Sloan Graham (1875 - 1918)
  Archibald Wright Graham (1876 - 1965)*
  Neill Ray Graham (1879 - 1914)*
  Mary Graham (1881 - 1975)*
  Harriet D Graham (1884 - 1966)*
  Frank Porter Graham (1886 - 1972)*
  George Graham (1889 - 1962)*
  Catherine Graham Sanders (1893 - 1980)*
  Anne Graham Shanks (1896 - 1990)*
*Calculated relationship
Elmwood Cemetery
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 35.23749, -80.84736
Created by: DSM
Record added: Oct 07, 2010
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David Sloan Graham
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