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"A Call to Arms"

by Sue T. Wilkinson

Van Zandt County Men Subject to the Draft World War I

Van Zandt County Genealogical Society

The following pages are from "A Call to Arms," a book compiled by Sue Wilkinson and posted with her permission on this website. It contains the stories and listings of Van Zandt County and surrounding counties for draftees during World War I, "The War to End All Wars." This volume was compiled and transcribed from original sources from the Canton Herald, the Grand Saline Sun and the Wills Point Chronicle. This book is still available for purchase. For information contact Sue Wilkinson. We thank her very much for her generousity in allowing the society to post this book in its entirety on this site.

"A Call to Arms"

Van Zandt County during World War I

County Newspaper Reports of Deaths, Injuries & Other Stories


January 3, 1919………Canton Herald

On casualty lists sent out from Washington we note the following mention of soldiers from Van Zandt County: Linsle David Wyatt, Grand Saline, wounded; Caddie J. Friday, Canton, missing in action Roy R. Mullins, Ben Wheeler, died of disease; Daniel T. Henderson, Canton, reported wounded severely, and Virgil C. Hay, Wills Point, slightly wounded.

Wounded, degree undetermined, George M. Bledsoe, Wills Point; returned to duty, previously reported missing in action, James McPherson, Wills Point; wounded severely, previously reported killed in action, Buck J. Wynne, Wills Point; reported missing in action, Walter Boykin, Murchison.


February 7, 1919……….Canton Herald

Relatives and friends of Clyde Seale were shocked and grieved a few days ago, when news of his death overseas was received. The young man trained at Galveston as a marine and Clyde went overseas early last year. He was wounded on October 9, and died on the 24th, but official news to that effect was not received until the time indicated above. Friends and neighbors are in heartfelt sympathy with those who sorrow on the account of the death of this splendid young man. He made the supreme sacrifice for his country and sleeps in an honored soldier's grave fringed with French violets and the blue bow of Heaven bending above the lowly mound that marks his last resting place.


February 10, 1919

Mrs. Sallie Bowers is in receipt of following letter regarding the death of her son, Waldren Bowers, which occurred overseas some time ago and the word of commendation for the young Van Zandter by his officer will be read with interest by many friends in this county: France, November 26, 1918……
Dear Mrs. Bowers, I am just in receipt of your letter asking me for information in regard to the death of your son, Waldren. I had a similar letter from Mr. McGuffin, Royce City, and wrote him all I knew.

Waldren was taken sick at the port of Brest, France. We were then camped on the ground in "pup" tents and not in any shape to take care of him that he required. He was therefore sent to the base hospital at Brest, which was well equipped and where he would get every attention that doctors, nurses and equipment could give him. I did not know of his death until Mr. McGuffin wrote me. When a soldier is sent to a hospital over here, he usually does not come back to his old regiment. When cured he is sent to some other organization by way of a depot brigade or replacement camp. So I thought nothing unusual of his failing to return to us. I have written to the C. O. Base Hospital for the particulars concerning his death, and when I hear from him, I will write you or Mr. McGuffin. I suggest that in the meantime you might write to the Commanding Officer, Base Hospital- United States Army- American Expeditionary Forces, Brest, France. He might write you direct. I am morally certain that he was buried in the American cemetery at Brest, which is our military cemetery there and is well kept and tended. Upon the conclusion of the war, his remains, so I am informed, will be shipped home at government expense, unless you request, as did Mr. Theodore Roosevelt, that he be left in France.

I remember your son well. He was in Battery C. 133 Field Artillery, when I was first lieutenant in that battery. He was a splendid example of the American soldier, brave, courageous, quiet, well behaved, soldierly and trustworthy. I remember him as a very quiet, dependable young man one on whom his officers felt safe to depend. A duty entrusted to him was always carefully and faithfully discharged. He was a favorite with us all. He was a son of whom any true American mother might well be proud.
Sincerely, C.O. (unknown)

This is but one example of the letters that families received about their loved ones. The cost of peace and freedom is not only bought with money but with blood and young lives. When America issued "a call to arms" the men of Van Zandt County, like all of our country came forward to answer the call.

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