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Sgt Burton Henry Woolery

Sgt Burton Henry Woolery

Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
Death 29 Jul 1918 (aged 20)
Danizy, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France
Burial Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
Plot Spencer Add; Lot 368
Memorial ID 22420922 · View Source
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Son of Henry A. and Laura Burton Woolery. Born in Bloomington, IN. Student. Enlisted in Battery F, 1st Field Artillery, Indiana National Guard, April 12, 1917, Bloomington. Assigned to Battery F, 150th Field Artillery, 42nd (Rainbow) Division. Embarked October 18, 1917. Killed in action July 29, 1918, Beauvardes, near Esperance Farm. Buried in grave 138, Section B, Plot 2, American Cemetery, Seringes-et-Nesles, Aisne, France. American Legion Post, Bloomington, IN, named in his honor.

Bloomington Daily Telephone 08/17/1918

Bloomington was stirred deeply at noon today when word came to town that Burton Woolery, a sergeant in Battery F, 150th Artillery, and a son of Henry Woolery, the well-known stone operator, had been killed in action in France. The news came to Mr. Woolery stating that the death took place July 29th, and that his son was instantly killed while the regiment was facing the Huns on the west front.

The letter bringing the news of the death came from Austin Seward, a Bloomington boy who is attached to the regimental headquarters of Col. Tyndall, commanding the 150th Artillery. The letter said:

Headquarters 150th Field Artillery, American Expeditionary Forces, July 30, 1918.

Dear Mrs. Woolery: -- I was on duty last evening at Regimental Headquarters when the report was brought in that Burton had been struck by an enemy shell and instantly killed, while on duty at his gun. This news sure brought home to me that realization of the war, for he was to me a special friend, a fellow "towner", and a brother in the Bond of Phi DeltaTheta, as well as a relative and a fellow member of the 150th Field Artillery.

Burton was conceded, by those who knew, to be the best sergeant Battery F had, and his loss is keenly felt by the battery. He was an exceptionally good soldier, took a great interest in his work, and showed a remarkable aptitude and quickness for his particular job, which was one of the most responsible and important parts of the whole scheme of an artillery regiment. He was especially well liked by all who served with him, and always kept up his usual good spirits.

You may have the consolation that he gave his life while playing a big part in one of the biggest battles of the great cause, in which we all elected to take our risks. He was one of the very first Bloomington boys to give his life in this war. He was given proper burial of a soldier "Dead on the Field of Honor", by the Chaplain of our regiment, who is the best over here, and his grave has been suitably marked and properly recorded.

The Chaplain, Captain Scott, and many others, who were with him, will write you of his death, but I wish to express to you personally my sincere sympathy and a simple commentation of his services over here, as I have seen and heard of them. Faithfully yours AUSTIN SEWARD.
The news of the death of Burton Woolery brought the horror of the war home to Bloomington as it has never been felt before. He is the first member of the Battery to make the supreme sacrifice and the news of the death message spread over town with great rapidity. Numerous calls came into The Telephone office to verify the news and the greatest sorrow was expressed on all sides. Sergt. Woolery was rather widely known about the city and had a great host of friends.

When the United States went to war with Germany he enlisted in the battery when it was recruited. He made a find soldier and enjoyed his work thoroughly and a short time ago was promoted to the rank of sergeant. His letters to his family and friends were brim full of fine spirits and he told how his comrades had improved under the stiff army training and the fighting at the front. Only this morning letters were received from him by friends. These letters were dated July 14th – 15 days before the message of death ended his life.
The word of the death of Sergt. Woolery also came to Miss Lillian Seaney in a letter from Capt. Earl Moore. The Captain wrote that Woolery was struck by a German shell on July 29th and was instantly killed but no other details were given.

A card was received from Corporal Henry Springer, a son of Charles Springer today. It was dated July 28th – the day on which Sergt. Woolery was killed – but it did not mention the death. Evidently it was written in the morning before the shell struck Sergt. Woolery. Corporal Springer and Sergt. Woolery were great friends.

More details are expected by letter in the next few days. Capt. Scott very probably has a letter on the way giving more details of the death.

The death of Sergt. Woolery has brought much anxiety to many Bloomington homes as some fear that other local boys may have been injured or killed when the Hun shell got Sergt. Woolery. This, however, does not seem likely or Austin Seward would have mentioned their names in his letter.
Sergt. Woolery was 20 years old. He is survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Woolery, brothers, Ralph and Robert Woolery, and three sisters, Mrs. H. P. Bybee of Austin, Texas, and Misses Marie and May Woolery.

Bloomington Daily Telephone 07/09/1921

The body of Sergt. Burton Woolery, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Woolery, who fell in the battle of Chateau Thierry, and for whom the post of the American Legion of this city is named, is expected to arrive in New York and be among those for the memorial service attended by Gen. Pershing tomorrow.

It will be sent to Bloomington and arrive in about 10 days, and will be accompanied by Dr. Homer Woolery, an uncle, who is now in the east. The Sergeant fell in battle July 29, 1918, and the body was buried near that place.

Bloomington Daily Telephone 07/16/1921

The body of Burton Woolery, overseas soldier killed in France, and in whose memory the American Legion post of this city is named, arrived last midnight and is at Modern Funeral home on north Walnut street. The burial will be Sunday afternoon, the 31st and it will be conducted by Rev. Speers of the 1st Baptist church.

The young man was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Woolery and details of the burial will be announced later. The body was met last midnight at the Monon station by a committee of world war veterans headed by Jack Nolan, who acted as escort and pallbearers to the funeral home. The remains started from Hoboken Thursday at 10:30, coming via Camp Taylor, and were in charge of a military escort.

Bloomington Daily Telephone 07/25/1921

The burial of Burton Woolery, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Woolery, whose body recently arrived from overseas, will be from the Modern Funeral Home next Sunday at two o'clock and will be a military burial in every detail. President Bryan and Pastor Speers of the First Baptist church will each give brief addresses and there will be a special quartet that will sing from the veranda of the Home.

Burial will be at Rose Hill and the American Legion will be in general charge. Other details will be announced through The Telephone in a few days.

Bloomington Daily Telephone 07/30/1921

Tomorrow at 2 o'clock, the community will pay its final tribute to Burton Woolery, of our heroic dead who fell on the battle field of France and for whom the post of the American Legion of this county is named.

The exercises will be from the Modern Funeral home, on the veranda, and will be military in every detail, the burial to be at Rose Hill. Rev. R. C. Speers, pastor of the 1st Baptist church and President Bryan will each give brief talks.

The Burton Woolery post, the new and old Battery F will participate, and the pall bearers will be from the American Legion. Every soldier is expected to participate.

A feature will be a caisson from Camp Know, upon which the body will be carried to the grave.

The remains arrived about 3 weeks ago and burial has awaited the arrival of Dr. Homer Woolery, a favorite uncle, who has been in the east.

Bloomington Daily Telephone 08/01/1921

A golden star of the world war, killed in France while on duty, the body of Burton Woolery, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Woolery, is at rest at Rose Hill – brought from overseas where he fell instantly killed.

The funeral was Sunday afternoon and was one of the largest ever held in this community. His heroic death, and the fact that the American Legion post of this city carried his name as an honor, added to the interest of the sad occasion. Also he was a member of Battery F, loved and respected both as a soldier and a young man of the town. A feature of the burial was the use of a caisson, the first ever in the city, which has been bought by the Legion post of this city, and carried the body, drawn by four black horses to Rose Hill, where the final salute was fired by war comrades.

The services were at the Modern Funeral home, and the address was by Rev. Rolla Speers, pastor of the 1st Baptist church of which the deceased was a member. The thought of Pastor Speers was, "And He Purposed in His Heart." Dr. Lester Smith gave a brief eulogy of the dead, taking the place of Dr. Bryan who was ill and could not be present.

Dr. Frank Holland, as commander of the local post of the American Legion, spoke briefly, talking of "The Flag and It's Significance," and then recited the Legion burial ritual.

The music was by a quartet of Wallace Pauley, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Springer and Mrs. Anna Schram, with Miss Alice Freese as the accompanist, and the selection was, "Lead Kindly Light," and there was also "Face to Face," which was sang by Paul Baker. The War Mothers gave their beautiful flag ritual before the service began.

The procession to the cemetery was headed by the Bloomington band, and included the members of Battery F, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, also the active militia company of this city and the Grand Army veterans.

There were many floral tributes in keeping with the sad event, the token from the family being a large blanket of flowers. There was also a pretty tribute from Battery F – a circle wreath representing a rainbow, typical of the Rainbow division. There were also beautiful flowers from the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Grand Army and also a token from the 1st Baptist church.

The Beta Pi Sigmas, of which Mr. Woolery was a member, attended in a body, and Phi Delta Theta to which he belonged, was also represented.
Sergt. Woolery was killed July 29, 1918, by a piece of shrapnel, from an exploding shell, while Battery F was under fire, near Beauvardes, France, in the Chateau Thierry sector. Death was instant and several of his local comrades were at once by his side.

The burial was a half hour later, when part of the local battery and a few personal friends carried the body perhaps a quarter of a mile to the rear and the place of the remains was plainly marked.

Among the Battery men here for the funeral yesterday were Allen Buskirk, Indianapolis, and Sergt. Hillis and Clyde Snoddy from Kokomo.

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