PFC William Hamilton Swan


PFC William Hamilton Swan

Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA
Death 30 Oct 1918 (aged 28)
Burial Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA
Plot Section 82, Lot 195, Interment #16571
Memorial ID 15366150 View Source
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Mechanic, D Co., 353rd Infantry, 89th Division. Enlisted Sept 1917 in Topeka, KS.

Honor Roll Casualty List Dec 24, 1918.

Born 9 Jan 1890 Topeka, KS. Son of Clara (DAVIDSON) & Hamilton and SWAN, Topeka, KS and husband of Clara May (HAYNES) SWAN.

Died from wounds 29 Oct 1918 in the American Red Cross Evacuation Hospital #114 at Fleury, France following severe gun shot wounds to the left thigh sustained in action on or about 25 Oct at Bantheville Wood, in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. William SWAN was admitted to the hospital on Oct 26th, almost a full day after receiving the gun shot wounds on the battlefield.

Originally buried in the Central Hospital Cemetery at Fleury-sur-Aire, remains re-interred in the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery and later returned to the US and re-interred in the Topeka Cemetery

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Topeka Daily Capital, Monday, Oct. 17, 1921, page 2:

Will Honor Fallen

Military Funerals Monday and Tuesday for Argonne Heroes
Final military honors will be paid to the memories of Christopher M. Stockwell and William H. Swan, killed in action in France, on Monday and Tuesday afternoon, when their funerals will be from Penwell’s chapel, and their bodies, just arrived in Topeka from France, will be placed beneath the soil of their country, for which they gave their lives.

Mr. Stockwell was 25 years old, and Mr. Swan 28 years old when they died as the result of fighting in the Argonne.

Stockwell entered the service February 23, 1918, enlisting in Company C. 356th infantry, eighty-ninth division, and going overseas in May. 1918. He was wounded in the Argonne November 9, 1918, two days before the signing of the armistice. This young man was well known in Topeka. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William M. Stockwell, 317 Klein street.

The funeral services will be at 4 o’clock Monday afternoon from Penwell’s chapel. Burial will be in the war plant at Mount Auburn cemetery. A group of men from the 356th infantry will serve as pallbearers.

Mr. Swan lost his life in the Argonne October 30, 1918. He was a member of Company D, 353rd infantry, eighty-ninth division. Before entering the service he was a teacher in the Topeka ward schools. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Clara May Swan, Sherman, Tex.; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton Swan, and two sisters, Hattibell and Jean Swan, all of Twenty-eighth street and Ohio avenue, Topeka.

The funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon from Penwell’s chapel. Burial in Topeka cemetery. Former members of the 353rd infantry will be pallbearers.
American Legion members of the Capital post and former members of the eighty-ninth division are urged to turn out in large numbers to honor their fallen comrades.
The Rev. John A McAfee, pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian church and chaplain for the Topeka American Legion post, will have charge of the funeral services.

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