Private Henry BLY was the son of Gentry and Nancy (Brinson) BLY of Topeka, Kansas. Born on 10 Jan 1888 in Pierce City, MO.
In the 1900 census 10-year-old Henry is living with his parents and siblings Maggy 28, Stella 22, Arthur 19, Bertha 17, and Cora 8, in Pierce, Lawrence County, Missouri. Pierce is 35 mi ESE of Joplin. His father is shown as a minister.
In the 1909 Topeka city directory all the BLYs are listed at 1734 Topeka Avenue. Arthur, Birdie, Cora, Gentry, Henry, Maggie, Philip, Samuel, and William. Gentry is shown as a cement worker and Henry is shown as a waiter.
In the 1915 Kansas state census 27-year-old Henry is living with his parents and sister Cora 23, still in Topeka.
Henry BLY enlisted in the Army in Aug 1918 and he sailed for France with Company M of the 806th Pioneer Infantry Reg. from Hoboken, NJ aboard the SS Powhatan on 15 Sep 1918. The person indicated as a contact in case of emergency was his mother Nancy at 1734 Topeka Ave., in Topeka, KS.
Henry is not listed in Soldiers of the Great War, Volume 1, Kansas. Newspapers of the day show Private BLY, Henry, from Topeka as Died of Accident and Other Causes on 24 May 1919. His headstone indicates that he was a Cook in the 806 Pioneer Infantry Regiment.
Henry is buried at Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Fere-en-Tardenois, France Plot C, Row 17, Grave 27.