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|Pvt. William L. Gowers
328th Field Remount Squadron
October 1893 - March 25, 1919
William L. Gowers was born in Evansville, in October, 1893.* He attended the Centennial School, and later drove an automobile for a local concern up to the time he entered service. He enlisted April 6, 1917 and was sent to Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg, Miss. After arriving overseas he was assigned to the 328th Field Remount Squadron. A letter from the American Red Cross to his aunt contains the following information concerning his death: "Your nephew was admitted from the infirmary at the Classification Camp at St. Aigman, ill of broncho-pneumonia which caused his death March 25, 1919. During the time he was there he had the best of medical care and I am sure that he realized that he was among friends. His nurse, Miss Fargo, tells me that he had said little, for he was very ill from the beginning. You have every right to feel that he had excellent attention, nothing was spared, yet he could not be saved. The end came at 11:40a.m. "As the Chaplain has written you, your nephew was buried with full military honors on the afternoon of March 26 in the A. E. F. Cemetery at Noyers, (No.319). Over his grave, which is now marked with a cross bearing his name, age, organization, and the date of death, the final prayer was said." *Mrs. Lillian Hicks, William Gowers' aunt, was not certain of some biographical details. No other source of information has been available. _____ Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record, Compiled by Heiman Blatt, Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920 p74.
October 25, 1998