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Pvt. Thomas Robson
Co. L, 47th Infantry, 4th Division
August 9, 1893 - November 23, 1918


   Thomas Robson found his final resting place on foreign soil. It
is holy ground; it was consecrated by the blood of numerous young,
valorous Americans of his type. The soil is therefore sacred to America.

   He was born in this city, August 9, 1893. He attended Carpenter
School until he was in the seventh grade.  Later he worked at the
Hercules Buggy Works and at the L. & N. freight house as a check clerk.

   In April, 1918, he entered the service. He was sent to Camp Taylor
and was assigned to Co. L. 47th Infantry.  On May 7, 1918, he
sailed for France. Throughout the summer of 1918, he took an active
part in various engagements. During the big drive in the Argonne
Forest in the last part of September he received a wound in the left
arm. He was sent to a hospital, but soon recovered and rejoined his
comrades in the conflict. His heroic conduct resulted in a second
wound. His leg was broken in two places. He was again taken to a
hospital, and on November 23, 1918, he died of Septicaemia. He was
buried two days later in American Military Cemetery No. 10, Plot J,
Grave No.497. An official of the Red Cross Base Hospital No.15,
wrote to his family: "This cemetery is just out of the town of
Chaumont in a beautiful little valley surrounded with green hills,
and is very lovely resting place."
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Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record,
Compiled by Heiman Blatt,
Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920
p160.

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October 25, 1998