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World War I Casualties, Comanche County, Kansas


Edward J. Burghardt, Jr.

Gravestone of Private Edward J. Burghardt, Jr.,  No. 2200983, Co. E. 353rd Infantry, A.E.F.,  of Protection, Kansas, was killed in action on the Verdun Sector in France on November 1st, 1918. At right: Gravestone of Edward L. Burghardt, Jr., Private, U.S. Army, 353rd Infantry Regiment, 89th Infantry Division. Entered the Service from: Kansas. Died: November, 3, 1918. Buried at Plot H, Row 16, Grave 26, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France.

Edward J. Burghardt, Jr. was the 134th man to be drafted from Comanche County, Kansas; his draft registration number was 555 out of 591 men who registered in the county.

The Western Star, January 2, 1919:
PROTECTION BOYS KILLED IN ACTION:
Official Confirmation that Ed Burghart is Killed in Action and Ira Goff Died of Wounds

Official confirmation of the death of Ed Burghart has reached Mrs. Ike Bratcher of the Collier Flats neighborhood, stating officially that he was killed in action on November 3rd, just eight days before the cessation of hostilities. Ed was called to the service and trained at Camp Funston, and in France he was on the St. Mihiel sector.

March 27, 1919:
BURGHARDT DIED "GOING FORWARD"
Private Edward J. Burghardt, Jr., No. 2200983, Co. E. 353rd Infantry, A.E.F., of Protection, Kansas, was killed in action on the Verdun Sector in France on November 1st, 1918.
(He is not listed on the Soldiers Memorial obelisk; he is listed on the Heritage Park Memorial.)

PROTECTION'S HONOR ROLL. The Protection Post, 27 March 1919.

The Adjutant General Department:
List of Comanche County Men Who Died During WWI

Listed as a World War I casualty on the Heritage Park Memorial.


Listed as Edwin L. Burghardt, Battalion Runner, Company E, 353rd Infantry Regiment, 89th Division, National Army. -- Honor Roll of The 353rd Infantry

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagnee, France.


At right: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagnee, France.

Protection American Legion was chartered on May 18, 1923, by a group of W.W. I Veterans. Post #167 was named after Edward Burghardt, a young Protection man who joined the service as a member of the Detached Service in Co. E, 353rd Infantry, 89th Division. Private Edward Burghardt, son of Edward and Minnie Burghardt, was born May 19, 1895, at Ellinwood, Kansas. He later moved to Protection with his parents, where he lived until he volunteered his services to the U.S. Army. At that time he was 23 years of age. He entered the service in March, 1918, and was killed in action somewhere in France in November 1918. He is buried in France. -- Comanche County History, page 195.


Archie L. Cantrell

Suresnes American Cemetery, Suresnes, France. Archie L. Cantrell, Private, U.S. Army, 48th Medical Replacement Unit. Entered the Service from: Kansas. Died: September 27, 1918. Missing in Action or Buried at Sea. Listed on Tablets of the Missing at Suresnes American Cemetery, Suresnes, France.

Cantrell, Archie L. Rank held at death: Pvt. Residence: Coldwater, Kansas. Joined service: Aug 7, 1918. Died: Sept 27, 1918. Served in: Cas Det Med Off Tog Camp, Ft Riley. Prov Amb Co B Med Off Tng Camp, Ft Riley. Exceptional Med Unit 48. -- Kansas Casualties in the World War, 1917 - 1919.

PROTECTION'S HONOR ROLL. The Protection Post, 27 March 1919.

The Adjutant General Department:
List of Comanche County Men Who Died During WWI

A list of all veterans honored on the Heritage Park Memorial is online at http://www.coldwaterkansas.com/vets.html. Archie Cantrell's name, according to that list, isn't included on that memorial.



John Rowan Crawford

October 11, 1918:
FOUR COMANCHE YOUNG MEN ANSWER DEATH CALL DURING PAST WEEK

On last Sunday afternoon the people of this community were shocked to learn of the death at 9:30 a.m. on that day, October 6, 1918, of one of our best known young men, John Crawford, at a hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. Only three weeks ago he was on our streets in the prime of health and youthful vigor. Being within the draft age, he expressed a desire to begin at once preparations for actual service for the cause for which his country is now contending. Accordingly he went to Ann Arbor, Mich., where he enrolled (only about two weeks ago) as a member of the Student's Army Training Corps, connected with the University of Michigan. He had only fairly entered upon the work of drilling and of study when he became a victim of the prevalent disease, Spanish influenza. He was apparently recovering from that disease, however, when he took a back set and a short time bronchial pneumonia developed.

CRAWFORD, Pvt. John Rowan: May 4, 1899-October 6, 1918
Note: Son of Dr. Thomas H. Crawford. John enrolled with the Students Army Training Corps in Ann Arbor, Michigan in preparation to go to war. While at the Training Corp he became ill with Spanish Influenza, and recovering from that, bronchial pnemonia set in. He died in a very few days. WWI Lot 22 Block 8E Crown Hill Cemetery, Coldwater, Comanche County, Kansas.
Source: gravestone reading by Bobbi Huck.

Listed as a World War I casualty on the Soldier's Memorial obelisk.


Ira M. Edwards

PROTECTION'S HONOR ROLL. The Protection Post, 27 March 1919.

The Adjutant General Department:
List of Comanche County Men Who Died During WWI

A list of all veterans honored on the Heritage Park Memorial is online at http://www.coldwaterkansas.com/vets.html. Ira M. Edward's name, according to that list, isn't included on that memorial.


Ira B. Goff

Ira B. Goff was the 76th man to be drafted from Comanche County, Kansas; his draft registration number was 556 out of 591 men who registered in the county.

The Western Star, January 2, 1919:
PROTECTION BOYS KILLED IN ACTION:
Official Confirmation that Ed Burghart is Killed in Action and Ira Goff Died of Wounds

Mrs. Bratcher has a letter from the parents of Ira Goff, who for several years worked in the Collier Flats neighborhood, and who at the time he was called, last July 4 a year ago, was disking ground to put out wheat crop for himself, stating that they had official communication from the war department stating that Ira had been fatally wounded in battle in France on October 27th, and that he died from his wounds in the base hospital on November 30th.

Kansas Casualties in the World War, 1917 - 1919: Ira B. Goff. Rank at death: Private. Residence: Protection, Kansas. Joined service: Oct. 2, 1917. Died of wounds: about Oct. 30, 1918. Served in: 48 Co., 164 Dep. Brig., Hq. Co., 353 Inf.

The Adjutant General Department:
List of Comanche County Men Who Died During WWI

A list of all veterans honored on the Heritage Park Memorial is online at http://www.coldwaterkansas.com/vets.html. Ira Goff's name, according to that list, isn't included on that memorial.

However, the list of veteran's names on the Heritage Park Memorial is woefully incomplete. For a much more complete list, which includes links to documentation of veteran's service, see List of Veterans from Comanche County, Kansas.


Harold Hind

The Western Star, May 10, 1918: Death of Harold Hind
All old timers in and around Protection will remember Harold Hind, aged nearly 26 and son of D. W. Hind, whose home was two miles east of that city and who died several years ago. The dead body of Harold was brought home from Fort Riley on Thursday of last week for burial in the Protection cemetery. Harold had been a member of the National Army in training at Camp Funston for about six months, being a member of the One Hundred Sixty Fourth Depot Brigade. He died on Monday April 29, in the Base Hospital at Fort Riley from an attack of meningitis - Tubercular. He had been sick about 10 days. Private Hale, who was a New Mexico companion of the deceased, accompanied the body home. Harold is survived by two sisters, Miss Emma Hind of this county and Mrs. A. E. Schold of Silverlake, Wash., also by his step mother, Mrs. D. W. Hind, of Protection-tp.

PROTECTION'S HONOR ROLL. The Protection Post, 27 March 1919.

A list of all veterans honored on the Heritage Park Memorial is online at http://www.coldwaterkansas.com/vets.html. Harold Hind's name, according to that list, isn't included on that memorial.


Harrison Metzker

Gravestone of William Metzker At right: Gravestone of William H. Metzker, Private First Class, U.S. Army, 353rd Infantry Regiment, 89th Infantry Division. Entered the Service from: Kansas. Died November 1, 1918. Buried at Plot F, Row 38, Grave 28, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France.

October 18, 1918:
From Our Soldiers and Sailor Boys : Harrison and George Metzker
"Mr. and Mrs. Frank Metzker of this county have two sons in France, Harrison and George. We are permitted to quote as follows from letters received recently from the boys who are on active service with the American Expeditionary Forces."

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagnee, France. March 21 and March 28, 1919:
HARRISON METZKER MEMORIAL SERVICES.


At right: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagnee, France.

Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Metzker received official notification this week from the War Department that their son, Harrison Metzker, had died in France on November 1. The last letter Mr. and Mrs. Metzker received from Harrison was written on October 28. At that time he was well and appeared to be getting along all right. It seems a little strange that it should take the War Department three months to get notice to the parents of Harrison's death. Such, however, is only another illustration of how the machinery of war sometimes moves very slowly in such cases. Mr. and Mrs. Metzker have the sympathy of all and too, they have the assurance that their son died in the worthiest of all good causes - the cause of Liberty and Righteousness in the world. -- The Western Star, 31 January 1919.

The Adjutant General Department:
List of Comanche County Men Who Died During WWI

Listed as a World War I casualty on the Soldier's Memorial obelisk.

Listed as a World War I casualty on the Heritage Park Memorial.



Arlo Moore

Arlo Moore
Died in service at 4:15 a.m. Oct. 10th, 1918

Moore, Arlo

Obituary: Arlo MOORE
Surnames: Hale, Moore & Taylor.

November 22, 1918:
Arlo Moore.

Charles W. Moore, father of Arlo Moore.

Laura Belle (Taylor) Moore, mother of Arlo Moore.


George S. Morris

His service is documented in the following articles:

Funeral of George S. Morris, The Protection Post, October 18, 1917: "The funeral of George S. Morris, an aviator in the 21st Area Squad of the United States Army, who was killed in an auto accident in Mineola, Long Island, on October 11, 1917, was held in the Methodist church (in Hydro, Oklahoma) Saturday afternoon." George S. Morris was working for J.E. Decker of Protection, Ks, at the time of his enlistment.

Complete List of Comanche County's "Boys of 1917". -- The Western Star, June 15, 1917. George S. Morris is listed in Protection Township.

Complete list of Comanche County boys who are subject to draft. -- The Western Star, July 13, 1917. The draft number for George S. Morris was 341.

The Great Army Draft Has Been Made.
Comanche County's Honor Roll
-- The Western Star, July 27, 1917.


Guy A. Schrock

The Western Star, October 11, 1918.

FOUR COMANCHE YOUNG MEN ANSWER DEATH CALL DURING PAST WEEK

Guy A. Schrock died at 10:40 a.m. on last Friday, October 4, 1918, at Camp Sherman, Ohio, after a brief illness, the result of an attack of the prevailing epidemic, Spanish influenza, with complications. His wife was with him at the time of his death, having gone to Camp Sherman on Wednesday. The body was brought to this city on Tuesday and burial was made in the Coldwater cemetery on Wednesday afternoon. Funeral services were conducted from the Christian church at 2:30 p.m., by Rev. J. B. Handy of the M. E. church. It was a very impressive service and attended by a large number of our people.

Deceased was born in Tyro, Montgomery-co., Kans., on March 31, 1894. His age at the time of death was, therefore, 24 years, 6 months and 4 days. About 16 years ago he came with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eph Schrock, to the vicinity of Coy, south of here, and there the family continued to live except for a few years when they made their home in this city. Guy was well known in this county and had, by his strict integrity and uprightness of character, won many friends. On December 31, 1917, in Alva, Okla., he was united in marriage with Miss Mildred Hadley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Hadley. Guy and his wife made their home on the Schrock farm near Coy until about ten weeks ago, when he answered the call of his country and was sent to Camp Greenleaf, in the state of Georgia, going from Alva, Okla. It was found that his physical condition would not permit of his making long marches, hence he was transferred from the Infantry to the medical corps and soon afterwards, or about four weeks ago, was s sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio. Soon after he arrived there he took sick and his wife was sent for. For a time he appeared to be getting better, but took a back set and died within a few days.

Guy willingly answered the call for defenders of our flag, and to him, as to hundreds of others, it seems to have been decreed that they should give their lives while in their country's service. Although he did not get to cross the waters, his devotion to his country was just as loyal and his sacrifice just as noble. His country and every one who knew him will not fail to recognize his sacrifice.

Deceased had been a member of the Christian church since he was 12 years of age, and he had lived consistently, always exemplifying in a quiet, but effective way the best traits of a christian character. His mother died in this city about 18 months ago. Mrs. Bernard Stark, formerly Miss Bernice Schrock, is his sister.


David Taves

PROTECTION'S HONOR ROLL, The Protection Post, March 27, 1919.
A list of men who served in World War I from Protection, Kansas.
Died in Action: Edward L. Burghardt, Jr. and Frank Taves.
Died in Training: Archie L. Cantrell; Ira M. Edwards; Harold Hinds; Arlo Moore; George S. Morris and David Taves.
Some of these men are not listed on the Soldiers Memorial or Heritage Park Memorial.


Frank Taves

Adjutant General Department:
List of Comanche County Men Who Died During WWI

Edward J. Burghardt, Jr.
Archie L. Cantrell
John R. Crawford
Ira B. Goff
William Harrison Metzker
Frank Taves

Protection's Honor Roll, The Protection Post, March 27, 1919 .


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