Pvt, 347th Ambulance Company, 87th Division.
Honor Roll Casualty List Dec 5, 1918.
Born 29 Jan 1896 Berwick, Warren Co., IL. Son of W.H. & Rosa B. VAN TASELL, Burlingame, Osage Co., KS and husband of Erma (AIKINS) VAN TASELL, Topeka, KS
Died from disease 8 Nov 1918 of complications from the Spanish influenza and pneumonia at Limoges, (either Base Hospital #13 or #28), Haute-Vienne, France.
Originally buried at the American Cemetery at Limoges, France, remains returned to the US and re-interred in the Mt Hope Cemetery, Topeka, KS
The Burlingame Enterprise, Burlingame, KS, Thursday, Dec. 5, 1918, Page 1
Clair Van Tasell
The municipal flag has delivered another silent but expressive message this past week. The flag at half mast last Friday and Saturday was but a mute sign that another Burlingame boy had made the supreme sacrifice in death for his country and world-wide democracy.
On Thanksgiving day the message came to Mrs. Erma VanTassell that the death of her husband, Harry Clair VanTassell, had occurred in a hospital at Limoges, France, on November 8. Pneumonia following an attack of influenza caused the death.
The deceased was the son and only child of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. VanTasell of this city.
He enlisted in the Washburn Ambulance Company, now the 347th Ambulance Co., in Topeka in July 1917.
His marriage to Miss Erma Aiken, daughter of the late Mrs. Clara Bratton-Aiken, occurred shortly afterward.
With his company he was stationed at Camp Pike, Little Rock, Ark., for several months and left for France last spring. His wife was with him at Little Rock for some time while he was stationed there. Since then she has made her home with her father in Tecumseh, and with her aunt, Mrs. Emma Case of 430 Willow Avenue in Topeka.
The VanTasell family came here from Iowa a number of years ago. Clair was born there about twenty-two years ago. He graduated from the Burlingame High School with the class of 1916.
He was a member of the Baptist church of this city and was an exceptionally upright, clean-minded young man. That his death should occur so near to the close of the world war, is one of the many sad things connected with his death. His faraway resting place is a sacred spot.
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