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William Walter Locke (1895 - 1915)

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William Walter Locke
1895 - 1915
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c. 1895
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May 11, 1915
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William Walter Locke was born c. 1895. He died on May 11, 1915 at 20 years old.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Service number: l/13927 Rank: Private Regiment: Middlesex Regiment Unit/ship/squadron: 3rd Bn.
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William Walter Locke passed away on May 11, 1915 at 20 years old. He was buried in Ypres (menin Gate) Memorial Panel 49 And 51., Belgium. He was born c. 1895. We are unaware of information about William's immediate family.
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In 1895, in the year that William Walter Locke was born, on September 3rd, in Latrobe, PA, the first professional football game was played. The game was between the Latrobe YMCA and the Jeannette Athletic Club. Latrobe won 12 - 0.

In 1900, he was only 5 years old when when Floradora opened on Broadway. A huge success in London - opening in 1899 and running for 455 performances - the musical was even more successful in New York - running for 552 performances. The "Floradora girls" were the hit of the show - a "sextette of tall, gorgeous damsels, clad in pink walking costumes, black picture hats and carrying frilly parasols who swished onto the stage and captivated New York for no other reason than they were utterly stunning" ("tall and gorgeous" translated to 5'4"). A sensation, each Floradora girl was said to have married a millionaire.

In 1915, in the year of William Walter Locke's passing, The Birth of a Nation opened in February. A silent film, it was the most ambitious film to date and is considered a classic. Three hours long, it starred Lillian Gish and was directed by D. W. Griffith. The movie was based on the book The Clansman and told the story of two families (one pro-Union and one pro-Confederate) and their relationship during the Civil War and Reconstruction. The KKK was shown as "a heroic force".

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