"Harry Battles Killed In Action WWI" Battles family story
HARRY A. BATTLES WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE ON OCTOBER 2
News of Supreme Sacrifice of Well Known Titusville Yound Man Only Received Officially Yesterday.
WAS DRIVER OF FIRE TRUCK
Another instance of the government's unfortunate mismanagement of the casualty lists of American forces overseas was brought to the attention of Titusville residents yesterday afternoon when Sidney W. Battles of West Cherry place received a telegram informing him that his younger brother, Harry A. Battles had been killed in action in France on Oct. 2 last. No details were contained in the brief telegram from the adjutant general of the war department.
Wrote Last Letter Sept. 24.
Mr. Battles had not heard from his brother since Sept. 24 but hoping against hope after signing of the armistice and the cessation of hostilities, he had come to believe that his brother was safte and would return again. The news of his death in action came as a severe shock both to Mr. Battles and all the friends of the young man.
Harry A. Battles was 30 years of age on June 28, 1918, the day that he left Titusville with a contingent of selective service men for Camp Lee, Va. He did not remain in camp but a few weeks before being sent overseas, arriving in France on August 26, according to letters received from him by his brother. He was assigned to Company H, 111th infantry, and the last letter written by him was dated Sept, 24, at which time he was well.
Always Lived In City.
The young man was born and had always lived in Titusville. He was sone of the late George and Etta Battles, and is survived by the brother, Sidney W. Battles, driver of the automobile fire truck of the city; another brother, Fred Battles of Ashley, N.D. and a sister, Mrs. Annen King of Ispwich, N.D.
For a year or more Harry Battles drove the hook and ladder truck and he had served as assistant janitor of the city ahll and fire department and as extra driver. For several months prior to his entering the service, he was employed at the plant of Cyclops Steel company. He was popular with all who knew him and his many friends will regret that is was necessary for him to make the supreme sacrifice for his country. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose.