Obit: Huckstead, Thomas F. (1893 - 1918)

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----Source: Clark County Republican & Press (Neillsville, Wis.) 06/03/1920

Huckstead, Thomas F. (1893 - 6 NOV 1918)

The remains of Private Thomas F. Huckstead arrived here (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Friday from Winchester, Eng., where he died in his country’s service on Nov. 6, 1918. He was the first of our overseas soldiers to be brought home to be laid at rest. Funeral services were held at the Congregational Church Sunday, Rev. Wilson Mallory of Granton delivering the funeral address to a great gathering of relatives, sympathetic friends and comrades of the war. The day was beautiful and from far and near people came to do honor to the memory of a young man who had all his life done well the work that came to his hand and who laid down that life for us in a foreign land. Pallbearers, a firing squad and a large detail of the American Legion escorted the remains to the Neillsville Cemetery, followed by an immense procession.

An interesting coincidence was the fact that Private Leo Atkins of Christie, who was a member of the firing squad when deceased was buried at Winchester, England, was one of the pallbearers at the funeral Sunday.

It some way seems fitting after all, that the body of this fine boy should rest at last in our own soil, where Wisconsin winds shall fan his grass grown grave and friends and comrades may each springtime scatter flowers to his memory.



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