Obit: Wallis, Henry (1895 - 1918)

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Surnames: WALLIS

----Source: GREENWOOD GLEANER (Greenwood, Wis.) 08/11/1921

Wallis, Henry (8 AUG 1895 - 5 AUG 1918)

The remains of Henry D. Wallis, who made the supreme sacrifice for his country on the battlefields of Europe, arrived here from France Friday noon.

Funeral services were conducted from the Opera House Monday, Aug. 8, 1921 at 2:30 p.m. under the auspices of the Henry D. Wallis Post, American Legion, in whose honor the post had been named. He was the first young man from this city to lose his life in the great conflict. Burial was made with due military honors in the Greenwood Cemetery, Rev. Bickell officiating.

Henry Wallis was born in this city (Greenwood, Clark County, Wis.) Aug. 8, 1895 and died Aug. 5, 1918. His boyhood and practically his whole life was spent here.

He enlisted Aug. 5, 1917 with the National Guard troops of Wisconsin, as they were formed into a combat unit as the 32nd Division of the U.S. Army. He received the training at Camp Douglas and Camp McArthur, Waco, Texas. He sailed for France Feb. 18 on the "George Washington" and served with the division replacement troops in the Bordeaux area until the division again became a combat unit and moved into the tenth training area of the war Zone with Division headquarters at Prauthoy, France. Due to the scarcity of cooks, Henry was chosen as camp cook. He performed those duties with ability at the same time continuing his rifle training during leisure. In July the division entrained for the Compeign forest region and from there to Chateau. The following night consisted of night march to the lines which were marked by a lurid red in the sky and the detonation of artillery fire. Several days later Henry fell in the act of setting up his automatic rifle in an advance position near Sergy, France, Aug. 5, 1918.

He leaves to mourn his loss his father, grandfather, two half-brothers, one sister, four half-sisters and a host of other relatives and friends. His many friends unite in extending sympathy to the family in this sad hour of his homecoming.

 

 


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