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 Merren Earl Hays

Merren Earl Hays

Birth
Table Rock, Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA
Death 19 Jan 1919 (aged 23)
France
Burial Table Rock, Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 100377307 · View Source
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Merren E. Hays was born December 21, 1895, near Table Rock. He was called to the colors October 2, 1917 being stationed at Camp Funston, until June 1918 and was sent to Camp Mills; on June 28, 1918 was started overseas. On October 31 he was slightly gassed.
After the armistice was signed and he was expecting to be sent home, he was taken sick and taken to the hospital in France, where he died on January 17, 1919. The body was shipped back home where it arrived Wednesday of last week and funeral services were held in the Christian Church on Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. A.L.Ogden. The church was crowded to its capacity and business houses closed as a testimony to his memory. One of his favorite songs was "Sweet Hour of Prayer" and the quartette sang this as one of its numbers.He leaves to mourn his departure, his father, mother,two brothers and three sisters, one of whom was his twin. He died in the service of his country, in a foreign land, but his memory will be cherished as one of those whose life went out in defense of a world's freedom. From the Table Rock Argus, Table Rock, NE. Jan. 28, 1921(Pg.1)

BRAVE SOLDIER LAD SUCCUMBS
Private Merren E. Hays Buried on French Soil
A telegram was received by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hays announcing the death of their son, Private Merren E. Hays, who went to the colors October 2, 1917, being stationed at Camp Funston, Kansas, until June 4, 1918, from which place he was sent to Camp Mills, and on June 28, 1918, started over seas. Soon after his arrival "over there" he was put in active service and saw many fierce, hard battles. On October 31, 1918, Merren was slightly gassed but reported as getting along nicely and would soon be on his way home when word was received of his death. He leaves to mourn his departure his father and mother, three sisters, Miss Golda, at home, Mrs. George Snoke and Mrs. Gilbert Hendrix, residing near Humboldt; two brothers, Jay who is in the Navy, and Ralph, who resides near Liberal, Kansas; together with a host of friends. From the Table Rock Argus, Table Rock, NE., March 7, 1919 (Pg.5)

A letter confirming his death reads as follows:
Base Hospital 61, A.P.O. 909, January 20, 1919
Mrs. Martha Hays, Table Rock, Nebraska.
My Dear Mrs. Hays: I am a representative of the Home Communication Service of the American Red Cross, and I write to extend to you the sympathy of our organization for the loss of your son, Merren. I knew him personally, for it is one of my duties to become acquainted with the boys in the hospitals to which I have been assigned, and after seeing them day after day, talking to, writing letters for, reading and singing for them, and supplying them with fresh fruits and delicacies they crave, I naturally become very much attached and take a personal interest in them, and when God sees fit to take on of them away, I grieve as I would for one of my own loved ones. I only wish that I might be with you to offer consolation and help to a dear mother grieving for her boy. Know always thought that God is with you in your hour of need. With you always for He loves you and with you only to bless and comfort. He is a wonderful friend and I could never have held up under the many sad sights that I have seen in this hospital had it not been for my faith and knowledge of His presence. I suppose you know that Merren contracted cerebra spinal meningitis and was ill only about 5 days. His doctor, Lt. Losher, and his nurse, Miss Kuchna, did everything possible to save him and we all hoped that he would recover, but God willed otherwise and on January 17, 1919 at 4:40 p.m. he passed away. Will it be of any consolation to you in your deep sorrow to know that he did not suffer and that he was surrounded by comrades who loved him for himself along and admired him for the brave and courageous lad that he was.
I attended the funeral and I only wish you might have been with me, for the service was very impressive and Chaplain Batchelor rendered a very beautiful sermon. His casket was covered with an American flag, salute fired and "taps" sounded as his casket was lowered in to the grave. He is buried in our American burial plot at Beaune Cote d'Or, France, grave number 292, and his grave is registered with the Grave Registration Bureau of the
A.E.F. and will be properly cared for by the bureau, as well as by the French people who bank the graves with flowers every day in their desire to show their appreciation and sympathy. Your son's personal effects will be forwarded through the Personal Effects Bureau of the A.E.F. as promptly as conditions will permit.
Please accept the heartfelt sympathy of the Red Cross and of myself personally for your heavy loss and if there is any further information you desire I shall be most please to write you again.
Your very sincerely, Virginia Helms, Searcher


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 100377307
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Merren Earl Hays (21 Dec 1895–19 Jan 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100377307, citing Table Rock Cemetery, Table Rock, Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Anonymous (contributor 47944439) .