Pvt William Julius Compher


Pvt William Julius Compher

Loudoun County, Virginia, USA
Death 26 Sep 1918 (aged 31)
Nantillois, Departement de la Meuse, Lorraine, France
Burial Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Plot Row A, Lot 32, Site 2
Memorial ID 40382899 View Source

- Jonas Curtis Compher [1849-1907]
- Henrietta (Harper) Compher [1850-1918]

Private, Company C 312th Machine Gun Battalion (MGBN), WWI

Synopsis of the attack

A platoon of "G" Company, the most advanced of all, had crossed the open land north of Bois 268 and was entrenched in Bois 250, two kilometers northwest of Nantillois.

Colonel Charles established his P. C. on the southern edge of Bois 268, where it was maintained until the regiment was withdrawn.

At 13h 30, the heavy Brownings, of Company "C", 312th Machine Gun Battalion, which had been following in support, were advanced sufficiently to open fire, the first and third platoons covering the Third Battalion, 316th, and the second platoon advancing to the northern slope of a hill a kilometer behind the same Battalion. Here it engaged in direct machine gun fire; a German nest along the railroad to the north was the objective. The retaliatory fire of the enemy inflicted severe casualties. Battalion Sergeant Major Earl B. Lyles was instantly killed. Privates 1st cl William J. Compher and William A. Eopolucci mortally wounded, and Lieutenant Wright Duryea seriously wounded.


- Former Washington, D.C. policeman
- Inherited $100,000 from his Uncle Meade from CA in March, 1918.
- Reinterred on 11 September 1921 from an overseas location.


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