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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
October 25, 1998