World War 1 Casualties N – Z

Soldiers’ Memorial, Jones Park, East St. Louis, Illinois

Donated to SCCGS and researched by Tom Pearson and Larry Kritis

Click here for source abbreviations which follows each compilation.

To Introduction and more men.

NEIMAN, Charles, age unknown (date of death not given)

— Residence, East St. Louis
— Died of disease
(Source: SGW, photo on p. 257)

NEAMAN, Charles, 29 (15 November 1918)

— Photo
— Son of Mrs. Minnie NEAMON of 1327 North 11th Street
— 1 brother, John, 2 sisters, Mrs. Minnie GEISE and Mrs. Gussie SMITH
— Died of gas gangrene related pneumonia at a base hospital and buried in France
— PRIVATE, US Army, Co. B, 167th Infantry
— Enlisted in April, trained at Camp Dix, sent to 303rd Ammunition Train
— Formerly employed as a steamfitter in Granite City
— Body returned 9 January 1920, military funeral 11 January 2:30 p.m. from Benner-Brichler chapel to Mount Hope Cemetery, pallbearers and firing squad from Jefferson Barracks.
(Source: DJESTL)
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O’BRIEN, Leo P. , age unknown (31 July 1919)

— CORPORAL, U.S. Marine Corps
— Buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Section 3, Site 6878A.
(Source: NCSGL; SGW)

O’LEARY, Joseph A., 25 (October 1918)

— Son of Mr. & Mrs. Arthur O’LEARY
— Brother, Robert O’LEARY 720 North 7th Street stationed at Camp Lee, Virginia at time of death
— Severely wounded 7 October 1918
— Enlisted from 720 North 7th Street with the 124th Field Artillery
— Trained at Springfield and Camp Logan.
(Source: DJESTL; SGW)
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PENDLETON, Clyde, 23 (27 September 1918)

— Photo
— Father, Edwin D., Mother, Mary 1109 Baugh Avenue, 8th Ward
— Brother, Ras.
— Clyde was 16 yrs old in 1910 census, born VA; killed in action, buried at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Plot G, Row 17, Grave 29
— CORPORAL, US Army, 138th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division
— Enlisted in spring of 1917 in the Missouri 5th then later moved to the 138th Infantry, went to France in May
— Trained at Fort Sill, Oklahoma
— Letter from Sergeant E. V. MENGES to Ras PENDLETON dated 9 October 1918, France

“Dear Ras.—By the time this letter reaches you I know you will have been notified of our recent engagement. You have my most heartfelt sympathy; even more, if possible. My heart has been broken ever since. Clyde and I were together during all of our troubles until the night before. Ras, you have a brother that was a true and brave American. Everyone here speaks of his bravery. We slept together every night before we started.Ras, I know how you feel, but I feel just the same. Clyde was my bosom friend. The one consolation we have left is he gave his life nobly. There are many things I would like to tell you, but you know I am not permitted; perhaps some other time.

“Lou,” my brother was wounded of which you have seen in the papers, but is doing fine now. I have so far been lucky.

Ras, extend my most heartfelt sympathy to your dear mother and father and the family.

If there is anything you would like to know, I will write you at any time.
Sincerely yours, “BUD” MENGES
Sergt. E. V. Menges, Co. D, 138 Inf., A. E. F., Via N. Y.”

— Attended East St. Louis High School and Illinois University
— Formerly worked at the Aluminum Ore Company, name entered on bronze plaque at entrance of main building, service on 19 November at main gate.
(Sources: ABMC; DJESTL; FC1910; SGW, photo on p. 258)
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Poteat, Monyon E. (no information available)

PRATT, Emmett, age unknown (date of death unknown)

— Resided East St. Louis, 1st Ward
— Emmett is 17 yrs old in 1910, born Oklahoma
— Laborer in stockyards.
(Source: FC1910)

PUES, Bernard W., 23 (09 October 1918)

— Son of Mr. & Mrs. Ben PUES of 719 North 26th Street
— Died, single
— Enlisted with the Infantry
— Trained at Camp Taylor.
(Source: DJESTL)
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PYKIET, Earl H., 16 (02 November 1918)

— Father, George, Mother, Daisy of 1039 Tudor Avenue, 2nd Ward
— 8 yrs old in 1910 census, born IL; died at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas
— Enlisted in the Mechanical Air Service
— Trained at Kelly Field, Texas
— Funeral 6 November at 2:00 p.m. Buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Walsh has charge.
(Source: DJESTL; FC1910)

RAUSCH, Charles H. age unknown (date of death unknown)

— PRIVATE, US Army, 312th Infantry Regiment, Co. K
— vol 1, page 856
(Source: IRH1929)

RUFF, Henry, 32 (13 December 1918)
— Father, Hubert, Mother Rose, family resided in East St. Louis, 6th Ward
— Henry was 24 yrs old in 1910 census, born Illinois on 15 August 1886
— PRIVATE, Chemical Warfare Service, Machinist
— Buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Section A.
(Source: FC1910; SCCGSQ)
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SCHAUB, Louis Joseph, 28 (29 September 1918)

— Photo
— Brother, George SCHAUB of 108 N. 8th Street, 4th Ward
— Louis was 20 yrs old in 1910 census, born IL, wounded in action 23 September 1918, in the Argonne Forest
— PRIVATE, US Army, Co. B, 138th Infantry
— Letter written home dated 20 September

“Don’t worry, if I don’t write for some time as we are chasing the Huns so fast I cannot find no time or paper to write. We sure are getting the Kaiser’s goat and he’s traveling fast. My buddie, Rankin Hammond, is in the hospital—in bad, too, with one arm and one leg off—he’s done his hit and none braver. You see I’s still “lucky Louie” and that’s what I hope to be.”

— Laborer, belonged to the Painters’ and Paperhanger Union, No 215.
(Source: DJESTL; FC1910)
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SCHMIDT, Herman A., 17 (04 July 1918)

— Photo
— Father, Louis SCHMIDT of 1516 Kansas Avenue, Mother, Nellie (Ellen) SCHMIDT of 122 North 5th Street
— Nephew of Pat NASH, Mrs. Jennie LEINGOOD and Mrs. Mary WELSH; stepson of Sam DUPUIS
— Died of shell wounds outside of Hamel, France; single
— PRIVATE, US Army, Co E 131st Infantry, 33rd Division
— Enlisted from 1516 Kansas Ave in 124th Field Artillery, transferred to Colonel Riley’s “Chicago Buck:” unit in which he died
— Trained at Houston, Texas
— Last letter to mother dated 28 June 1918, France

“Dear Mother,
“I thought I would drop you a few lines to let you know that I am well and hope you are the same. We are having good weather over here but it is a little cold in the morning – when we get up. That does not make any difference to me for I always have enough clothes on to keep me warm. Well mother the last letter I wrote to you I was telling you about the time I had counting the French money. Well, I am all right now. I can county the French money better than I can U. S. money for it has been so long since I have seen any U. S. money. I have almost forgotten what it looks like. But I don’t think it will be much longer until I see some of the old money again.Well, Mother, how is Aunt Jane and Lizzie and all of them? I must close my letter as i am going to write to Ellen and then I am going to clean my rifle.

Tell everybody I said ‘Hello.’
“I remain your loving son,
“HERMAN A. SCHMIDT. “Co. E, 131st, Inf. France.”

— Body returned 27 March 1921; funeral 29 March 8:30 a.m., from home of mother, Mrs. Nellie NASH DUPUIS (333 Railroad Avenue) to St. Mary’s Church, burial at Mount Carmel Cemetery. Military funeral local members of the American Legion as pallbearers and with firing squad from Jefferson Barracks. Burke has charge.
(Source: DJESTL)
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SCHMIDT, John H., age unknown (October 1918- day of death not given)

— Mother, Mary SCHMIDT (nee KLEIN) of 1224 Gaty Avenue
— 1 brother, Henry, and 1 sister, Mrs. Ida VOSANGER
— Died of pneumonia at Eagle Pass, Texas;
— Member of HQ Co, 3rd Infantry
— Funeral 29 October at 2:00 p.m. at residence and burial at Holy Cross Cemetery; Benner-Brichler in charge.
(Source: DJESTL)

SCHROEN, Charles E., 33 (16 June 1918)

— Father, Fred, Mother Mary of 418 North 26th Street, 6th Ward
— 5 brothers, William, Henry Emil, Walter, Otto (of the 124 Field Artillery) and Fred (of the 124th Field Artillery)
— Charles was 24 yrs old in 1910 census, born IL; died from pneumonia, in a military hospital at Camp Logan, Houston, Texas; funeral from family residence on 20 June, burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery; Member of the Evangelic Lutheran Church, brother Jaeger will officiate. Kurrus in charge.
— PRIVATE, US Army, Battery E, 124th Field Artillery
— Formerly employed as lumberyard clerk in East St. Louis.
(Source: DJESTL; FC1910)
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SHEPARD, Charles E., age unknown (28 September 1918)
— Residence, East St. Louis
— Cause of death unknown, buried in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Plot B, Row 22, Grave 28
— CORPORAL, US Army, 138th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division
(Sources: ABMC)

SMITH, Frank M., 26 (date of death unknown)

— Son of Mr. & Mrs. S. A. SMITH of 458 21st Street
— Brother, Burrell SMITH in 124th Field Artillery, stationed at Camp Logan, Houston, Texas
— Died of pneumonia; single
— US Army, Co. A, 35th Infantry, stationed at Camp Nogales, Arizona
— Enlisted at 1637 Cleveland Avenue
— Trained at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri, in Army for past 15 months
— Body to be shipped and taken to Linder Undertaking Co.
(Source: DJESTL)
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SMOLIK (SMELEK), Adolf, 24 (29 September 1918)

— Roomed with Josef WUCHE, 1218 North 9th Street
— Killed in action, buried in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Plot H, Row 27, Grave 27
— PRIVATE, US Army, 129th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Division
— Enlisted in July 1918
— Formerly employed by the East Side Packing Company.
(Sources: ABMC; DJESTL; SGW)

SOMERS, Lee, age unknown (19 July1918)

— Residence, East St. Louis
— Cause of death unknown, buried in Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, Plot B, Row 4, Grave 8
— SERGEANT, US Army, 102nd Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Division.
(Sources: ABMC)
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STAAB, Adolph W., age unknown (10 November 1918)

— Mother, Mrs. Zenia STAAB of Ironton, Missouri
— Residence, East St. Louis
— PRIVATE, US Army, 15th Machine Gun Battalion, 5th Infantry Division
— Mortally wounded, buried in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Plot E, Row 26, Grave 19
— His mother went on the Gold Star Mothers’ and Widows’ Pilgrimage in 1930 to see the grave of her son.
(Sources: ABMC; GSMW)

SUMNER, Max M., 25 (29 September 1918)

— Father, Louis M., Mother Laura SUMNER of 1516 College Avenue
— Brother, Jene, 28, enlisted in the Navy in April 1917 currently (in foreign waters) stationed aboard the Olympia
— Killed in action, buried in Somme American Cemetery, Plot B, Row 14, Grave 14
— PRIVATE FIRST CLASS, US Army, Gunner, 301st Tank Battalion, Tank Corps
— Enlisted in October 1917 in the Tank Service
— Trained at Camp Taylor and sailed for England March 1918, trained with the British tanks and went to France in August
— Mother received last letter dated 15 September saying they were going into the first battle
— Items and letter found in his pocket by an Australian soldier and sent to SUMNER’s aunt C. W. GILL of Chicago and sent to her along with his own letter dated 25 October 1918.

“To Mrs. C. W. Gill:
Dear Madam—During the recent fighting which as taken place here in France We Australians have been with American troops, and early this month, during an advance I found a man, with this address and photos with him, who was not buried. So I am sending them on to you. Kindly let me know if you can recognize them.Respectfully your, W. S. HITCHCOCK.
Corp. W. S. Hitchcock, Hdq. Co., 35th Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces Abroad”

— There were photos of his parents and sister with the letter in SUMNER’s pocket along with his ledge card of the Grand Lodge of Railroad Trainmen, and two brakemen passes on the B. & O. Railroad where he was employed before enlisting
— His mother went on the Gold Star Mothers’ and Widows’ Pilgrimage in 1930 to see the grave of her son.
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THOMAS, Joseph (black American), 27 (26 October or November 1918)

— Father, Joseph Thomas of Edgemont Station
— Wife, Mrs. Maggie Thomas of 319 Winstanley Avenue
— Died of pneumonia 26 October or November 1918 and buried at St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Plot C, Row 17, Grave 15
— PRIVATE, US Army, Co. H, 804th Pioneer Infantry
— Enlisted on 15 August from 1605 State Street in the Infantry
— Stationed at Camp Taylor, Kentucky.
(Sources: ABMC; DJESTL; SGW)
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THOMAS, Lee, 27 (31 July 1919)

— Married
— Enlisted from 1236A Division Avenue in the Infantry
— Trained at Camp Dodge
— Buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Section 59, Site 11713C.
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TOWNSEND, Leo J., 23 (22 November 1918)

— Father, Roland, Mother, Jenny of Edgemont Station
— Family resided in Belleville, 1st Ward
— Nearest relative listed as Miss Hattie TOWNSEND
— Earl was 15 yrs old in 1910 census, born Missouri, died of disease in France
— PRIVATE, US Army, Co D, 148th Infantry Regiment
— Re-buried on 17 April 1921, Walnut Hill Cemetery, Grave 19, Tier Lot #9, Block 21, Section S, Division B, Belleville.
(Sources: DJESTL; FC1910; ROH; SCCGSQ; SGW)
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VALENTIN, Marcel C., age unknown (30 September 1918)

— Mother, Mrs. Annie VALENTIN
— Residence, East St. Louis
— Mortally wounded, buried in Somme American Cemetery, Plot A, Row 15, Grave 5
— PRIVATE FIRST CLASS, US Army,119th Infantry Regiment, 130th Infantry Division,
— His mother, from Edwardsville, Illinois went on the Gold Star Mothers’ and Widows’ Pilgrimage in 1930 to see the grave of her son.
(Sources: ABMC; GSMW; SGW)
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VOGEL, William, 27 (11 November 1918)

— Mother in Chicago
— Sister, Mrs. A. W. HOTZ of 2755 Bond Avenue
— Killed in action on last day of war
— Enlisted day war was declared in April 1917, wounded 22 July, spent months in hospital and rejoined company at front line
— Formerly employed as druggist in brother-in-law’s pharmacy
— Buried in cemetery in Madison County, Illinois.
(Source: DJESTL; IRH1929, vol. 2, page 202)

WALSH, Michael J., age unknown (date of death not given)

— Residence, East St. Louis
— mortally wounded
(Source: SGW)
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WAYNE, Arthur V., 25 (09 April 1918)

— Aunt, Mrs. W. P. WHITE of 637 North 37th Street
— Died at Penn Hospital, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania;
— CORPORAL, US Army, stationed in Pittsburg
— Trained at Camp Taylor, Louisville, Kentucky
— Funeral on 11 April held at 3:00 p.m. in home of aunt and burial at Mount Hope Cemetery; Rev. ATWOOD of Winstanley Baptist Church will officiate, military funeral given with a company from Jefferson Barracks. Brenner-Brichler in charge.
(Source: DJESTL) Wessel, Elmer P. (no information available)
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WHEELER, William E. Jr, 24 (20 October 1918)

— Only son of Father, William E., Mother Cary B. of 561 Washington Place, moved to East St. Louis 6th Ward –16 yrs old in 1910 census, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on 10 February 1894, died at Camp Travis, Texas from Spanish influenza
— LIEUTENANT, US Army, 19th Infantry Regiment at San Antonio, Texas
— Graduated from East St. Louis High School; went to Culver Military Academy, to Kenyon College, and then to University of Illinois at Champaign and graduated as attorney at law, passed the Illinois State Bar exam and became a member of the East St. Louis Bar Association
— Prior to graduation, enlisted in the Officers’ Training Camp at Fort Sheridan
— Commissioned 2nd Lt. in August 1917, later promoted to First Lieutenant
— First duty assignment was at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and later sent to Camp Perry, Ohio to attend the Officers’ School of Small Arms and was awarded the marksmanship medal and promoted to 1st Lieutenant. Was regiment Judge Advocate in Galveston, Texas
— East St. Louis Bar Association conducted special session on 23 November 1918 in a city hall courtroom to memorialize Lt WHEELER and arrange for a tablet to be made listing the dead to be placed in city hall
— Buried in Edwardsville, 23 October 1918; funeral service conducted by W. P. Wall, Commander-in-Chief, assisted by the officers of Mississippi Valley Consistory.
(Sources: DJESTL; FC1910; IRH1929). vol. 2, page 215
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WORKMAN, Harry O., 23 (10 January 1918)

— Photos
— Mother, Mrs. Lethia. GLENN, 514A North 8th Street
— Fiancee, Theresa NIEDERBURGER of Belleville
— Died in a battle between American soldiers and Mexican food smugglers near Rio Grande City, Texas;
— SERGEANT, US Army, 78th Field Artillery, stationed at El Paso, Texas
— Enlisted 8 April 1917, at Jefferson Barracks
— Trained at Camp Logan, Houston, Texas
— Graduate of East St. Louis High School where he played football, worked for The Daily Journal.
— Formerly employed as a checker of war horses by the Campbell-Reid Commission Company at the National Stock Yards.
— Funeral 19 January at Kurrus chapel burial at Mount Hope Cemetery, military escort from Jefferson Barracks.
(Source: DJESTL)
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YOUNGHOUSE, Charles H., 29 (14 November 1918)

— Photo
— Son of Mr. & Mrs. Henry. J. YOUNGHOUSE of 1511 St. Louis Avenue
— 1 brother, Edwin, and 2 sisters, Myrtle and Clara YOUNGHOUSE
— Died of pneumonia in base hospital in Le Mans, France, behind lines on, 3 days after signing of armistice; single
— PRIVATE, US Army, Headquarters Company, 84th Division, 333rd Infantry
— Trained at Camp Taylor, Kentucky, then to Camp Sherman, where he went to France 1 September
— Employed by the M. & O. Railroad and member of the Railroad Trainmen’s Lodge

— Body returned 15 August 1920; funeral 16 August 1920, 9:00 a.m. from parent’s house at 551 North 22nd Street to St. Elizabeth’s Church, then to Mount Carmel Cemetery.
(Source: DJESTL; SGW)
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Zigaluk, Andy (no information available)


AMBC: American Battle Monuments Commission

DJESTL: Daily Journal, East St. Louis, Illinois. The Belleville Public Library, 121 East Washington Street, Belleville, Illinois, has all issues of this newspaper on microfilm. Photocopies may be arranged for a small fee.

FC1910: US Federal Census for 1910 (men who resided in East St. Louis in 1910 may be found on National Archives microfilm Series T624, St. Clair County, Illinois, reel 322. Widely available in major libraries, on interlibrary loan, and online at commercial web sites.)

GSMW: Pilgrimage for the Mothers and Widows of Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of the American Forces Now Interred in the Cemeteries of Europe as Provided by the Act of Congress of March 2, 1929. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1930. Y1.1/2:9225

An index to Pilgrimage for the Mothers . . . , which includes some of the information from the printed volume, is available on the web site (fee based). There are two informative articles on the pilgrimage of the Gold Star Mothers and Widows on the National Archives web site: World War I Gold Star Mother’s Pilgrimages, part 1 and part  2

IRH1929: 1929 Illinois Roll of Honor

NCSGL: National Cemetery System Gravesite Locator
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ROH: Roll of Honor, Burial Places of Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Army Nurses of All Wars of the United States Buried in the State of Illinois, 2 volumes, Springfield 1929.

SCCGSQ: St. Clair County Genealogical Society Quarterly

SGW: Hauslee, W. M., F. G. Howe, & A.C. Doyle. Soldiers of the Great War. Washington, DC: Soldiers Record Publishing Association, 1920 (Illinois soldiers in volume I). 940.91 SOLDIERS
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