Pvt William C Zeigler

Pvt William C Zeigler

Death 6 Oct 1918 (aged 28)
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 18, Site 513
Memorial ID 57194982 · View Source
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For years the family of William C. Zeigler thought that he was buried overseas. A memorial was made by Winnette (#27455712) and we were all in agreement. Now we find where William was removed from foreign soil and buried in the Arlington Cemetery. Both memorials have been merged and we can put this burial to rest. Thanks to everyone who had a part in making this happen.

Notice that the headstone name has been misspelled. His middle initial is "C" instead of "O".

William C. Zeigler was never married. He entered the Military Service as a private in WWI in July 1918 and was attached to the Second Unit, September Automatic Replacement Draft, Fort Screven, Georgia. He embarked for overseas service in September 1918 and was drowned in the sinking of the ill-fated transport "Otranto" off the Scottish Coast on October 6, 1918.

The following is from an article found on the website www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/FWWtroopships.htm:

OTRANTO. On the August 1, 1914 the Otranto was requested to become a hospital ship but in the end became an armed merchant cruiser. On the 31 of October 1914 she confronted Admiral von Spee's powerful fleet of German cruisers and two of the three ships with her, Good Hope and the Monmouth, sank but luckily she and the Glasgow escaped. She was then used as a troop transport from Liverpool to New York. In October 1918 the Otranto was heading for Scotland with her convoy when she collided with the Kashmir. Some of the people on board were rescued by the Mounsey but she then ran aground and she broke in half. Only a hand full of men survived out of the 400 which were still onboard. This was one of the worst misfortunes in the last few weeks of the war.

Private, Fort Screvens SARD OF CAC

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  • Maintained by: Charles T. Zeigler
  • Originally Created by: Anne Cady
  • Added: 17 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 57194982
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt William C Zeigler (25 Oct 1889–6 Oct 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 57194982, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Charles T. Zeigler (contributor 46608684) .