1977.13.63_W.R. Castle Jr. (American Red Cross) to Lottie Hewitt_January 13, 1919_Page 01
[American Red Cross letterhead] [January] 13 1919 My dear Mrs. Hewitt: A very brief report has just reached this Bureau relative to Corporal Clyde C. Chilson, of Company B, 129th Field Artillery, American E. F., about whom you inquired December 7. The Adjutant General's Office informs us that under date of October 17 Base Hospital #14 wrote that Corporal Chilson had been very ill there with lobar pneumonia. He was given excellent care and the doctors hoped that he would be able to survive the crisis, which, as you know, comes very quickly in this disease. His illness, however, proved to be too serious for him to recover. His burial was with full military honors and his resting place is carefully marked with a cross bearing his name. Beyond this we have no particulars, but, if any come later, we shall write you immediately. This hospital is situated at Mars, very near the town of Nevers. This is an American hospital center about twenty-five miles east of Bourges, in a lovely part of the country and was very easily accessible to the American front. May we extend the very sincere sympathy of the American Red Cross. You must always feel that this young man gave his life as truly for the cause for which he went to fight as though he had been killed on the front line. Sincerely yours, W R Castle Jr Mrs Lottie Hewitt 3316 Wayne Ave Kansas City [Missouri] CAH
From the service of Corporal Clyde Chilson, Battery B., 129th F.A., 35th Division, A.E.F.
World War I
Medical aspects of war
Death & burial
Funeral rites & ceremonies