WALKER, Clinton Mahandro, serial number 3496611, Pvt, US Army. Was born 10 July 1894 and died 30 Dec 1975, buried Tupelo, Mississippi. He was the son of W. D. and Rosanna MOSER WALKER. Clinton WALKER married Pearl Lydia LEE who was born 22 Nov 1898 and died Dec 1984, buried at Tupelo, MS. They had one daughter, Dorothy Jean WALKER. Clinton WALKER enlisted 24 July 1918 at Waynesboro, TN and was honorably discharged at Camp Zachary Taylor on 27 March 1919. After his discharge he farmed on Bloody Branch, Wayne County, TN and then went to Tupelo, Mississippi where he operated a grocery store. Additional information provided in the biography of his brother, Dee Grassy WALKER, following.
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WALKER, Percy Clyde, serial number 2873285, Pvt. Co. G, 312th Infantry, inducted 26 May 1918 at Waynesboro, TN. He sailed from New York on 18 July 1918 for France and returned 9 Feb 1919. He was in the Argonne Forest 1 Aug 1918 until 24 Oct 1918. Honorably discharged at Fort Oglethorpe, GA on 7 March 1919. On his discharge he is described as 25 years old, by occupation a carpenter. He had blue eyes, brown hair, a light complexion and was 5' 7" tall.
Percy Clyde WALKER was born March 1893 at Waynesboro, TN and died 1951. He is buried at Greenwood Cemetery West, Waynesboro, TN. He died at the VA hospital in Nashville, TN. His parents were John (b. Oct 1848) and Fanny C. (B. July 1860) WALKER. Siblings were Jossie E., b. Jan 1889; Carl E., b. Feb 1890; Harry N., b. Nov 1895, and Artie P., b. May 1898.
Percy Clyde WALKER married first to Mamie CANNON, b. 23 March 1891, d. 14 May 1934, buried in Greenwood Cemetery West. He married second to Nola TININ, b. 1903. His children were: Irma MITCHELL, Lois WALKER, and Clyde Jr. WALKER who married Shirley ARY.
Percy Clyde fought in the Argonne Forest. This was a difficult place to fight, described by some as an awful wilderness of shredded woods which coked up the rivers. This battle was known as the Meuse - Argonne Offensive, a great battle.
Clyde was in the force that advanced on the front of twenty-four miles but gradually it widened to nearly ninety miles. They spent 47 days here, but battled at intervals. The going was rough, meeting the enemy in unplanned encounters. Tanks were of no use; the infantry had to go it alone. They claimed there were traffic jams of men and trucks in the last few days.
Clyde was among the troops who finally cleared the Argonne Forest. He was wounded in this offensive. He received a shrapnel wound in his back and was in hospital in France for sometime.
After returning home in the Spring of 1919, he did carpentry work. He also attended a trade school, specializing in woodwork at Cookeville, Tennessee.
He was known as one of the best cabinet makers in the South. In his later years he lived on Highway 64 West of Waynesboro where he raised his family.
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WALKER, Dee Grassy, serial number 1917285, PFC, Co. A, 307 Engineers, 82 Div. Joined the Army on 2 Nov 1917 at Waynesboro, TN. Served with the American Expeditionary Forces in France from 19 May 1918 until 9 May 1919. Was honorably discharged at Fort Oglethorpe GA on 21 May 1919. Described as 29 years old, a machinist, with blue eyes, dark brown hair, ruddy complexion and standing 5' 8˝" tall.
Dee Grassy WALKER was born 7 Jan 1889 on Bloody Branch, Wayne County, TN and died 2 September 1974 buried in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was the son of W. D. WALKER, b. 8 Oct 1853, d. 28 April 1936 and Rosanna R. MOSER, b. 9 March 1853. He was a brother to Clinton M. WALKER who biography appears above. Dee married Nona E. SHIPMAN who was born 8 Nov 1895 and died 3 Aug 1965. She is buried in Las Cruces, NM. They didn't have any children. Dee was gassed while in France and after his return, he moved to New Mexico for his health.
The Bible record of W. D. WALKER was submitted with the biographies of Clinton and Dee WALKER. It is reproduced here and additional information on their siblings will follow.
W. D. WALKER Bible Record
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W. D. WALKER was Borned Oct the 8: 1853
R. R. MOSER was Borned March the 9: 1853
Jessey Gray WALKER was Borned Spt the 4: 1879
Frances Clara Jane was Borned Au the 23 1881
John Alvis WALKER was Borned Dec the 26 1883
[The following entries are in a different handwriting]
W. D. WALKER was borned Oct 8th 1853
R. R. MOSER was borned Mar 9th 1853
Jessey Gray WALKER was borned Sept 4th 1879
Francis Clara Jane WALKER was borned Aug 23d 1881
John Alvis WALKER was borned Dec 26th 1883 In Wayne Co. Tenn.
Ulysses Anderson WALKER was born Feb 7th[?] 1886//
De Grassy WALKER was Borned January the 7 1889
Ivy Parlee WALKER was borned Nov 1 1891
Clinton Mahrandro[?] WALKER was borned July the 16 1894//
W. D. WALKER and Rachel Rosanna MOSER was marred Nov the 17: 1878 Born and Raised in Wayne Co.
[in different handwriting: W. D. WALKER and Rachel R. MOSER was married Nov. 17th 1878 Both borned and raised in Wayne County, Tenn.]
Additional information on the siblings of Clinton M. and Dee Grassy WALKER:
Gray WALKER, died 25 Sep 1965 and is buried at Philadelphia Cem. Wayne Co., TN
John A. WALKER, died 26 June 1952, buried also at Philadelphia.
Eulis WALKER, married ______BARTLEY and died at Decaturville, TN
Ivy Pearl died 28 Aug 1901 and is buried at the Walker Graveyard, Bloody Branch, Wayne Co., TN.
Clara WALKER, died 10 March 1936. She married first to Henry GAYLOR who was killed by a mule on 15 March 1905. She then married J. M. REEVES who was killed by a falling tree on 17 Dec 1915.
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WARRINGTON, Elmer Allen. Pvt. Elmer (E. A.) WARRINGTON was born 12 June 1895 in Hardin County, Tennessee, near Olive Hill, the oldest of two sons of John Young "Toby" WARRINGTON and Catherine KING WARRINGTON. His brother John and four sisters: W. KYLE, Vesta W. DANIEL, Grace W. BERRY and Fannie W. FAULKNER, were left when John WARRINGTON died. E. A. "Allen" was six years old. His mother and the six children struggled to earn a living farming. His mother remarried a man by the name of GEANS and they moved to near the community of Lutts on Weatherford Creek to the homestead still known as the Geans place. Mr. Geans soon died and the widow and children remained on the farm. His parents are buried in the Piney Grove church graveyard near Olive Hill.
E. A. "Allen" was drafted, inducted and assigned to Company B, 114th Machine Gun Battalion of the 30th Division where he served as a private with duties as a wagoner (teamster). He was the driver of a two-man crew hauling ammunition and towing the light artillery pieces. When towing a gun the front axle carried a large ammunition box bulled by four horses. Two front Caissons could be puller and the limber was "hinged" in the center connection between the caisson/gun or caisson/caisson and could turn around in a space large enough to turn the four horses. The second man in the crew rode on the back caisson and served as the brakeman.
The 30th Division was dubbed "Old Hickory" after the warrior and statesman Andrew Jackson. The 30th Division was made up of National Guard troops of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee augmented by many thousands of selective draftees. On July 25th 1917, the Tennessee National Guard was called up and mustered into Federal Service on August 5, 1917, then transferred to Camp Sevier near Grenville, SC for training. At 7:30 A.M., September 14, 1917, orders were received creating the 114th Machine Gun Battalion from First Squadron Tennessee Cavalry. On October 16, Allen was in the group of recruits who arrived in camp from Camp Gordon, GA and on October 20th, measles appeared in camp. On November 17, 1917, the Division was placed under quarantine because of the measles outbreak, as well as meningitis and other illnesses. During this period of disease in camp, a close friend, Lulie JOHNSON (home address listed as Florence, AL) died November 10. Other acquaintances from the local area in Company B were A. L. "Alfred" HITCHCOCK of Walnut Grove, Tennessee (killed in action 8 October 1918); Leonard KEYTON of West Point, Tennessee; Archie PIGG of Cypress Inn, Tennessee; T. F. "Tom" RICKETTS of Olive Hill and Clyde WEST of Collinwood, Tennessee. The men were quartered in tents with heavy snow on December 11, and December 29th and heavy sleet on January 21, 1918. The quarantine was lifted December 17, 1917. On May 1, 1918, the 114th Machine Gun Battalion loaded on the train and left Camp Sevier for embarkation at Hoboken, NJ on the transport El Penor, leaving at 3 P.M. May 10, 1918. After 13 days of squalls, sleet and blackouts and four days of wearing life belts at all times, they arrived at Liverpool, England on May 23, 1918 and entrained for Folkstone, England. Then on May 26th embarked for Calais, France.
The 30th Division was transferred to the II British Corps, Second Army in the Ypres sector where they trained with British instructors on the Vickers Machine Guns. On July 10, they left La Panne and headed for the front lines, crossing the Belgian border on July 12 and arrived at Tunnelling Camp. This Division was the first American division to enter the Kingdom of Belgium. On July 16th, the 114th Machine Gun Battalion took over the sector in Ypres with the British. Company B was in the front lines. On August 2, relief was made and Company B was reviewed by King George of England the following day.
On August 17, 1918, the Division took over the entire sector known as the Canal Sector which extended from the southern outskirts of Ypres to the vicinity of Voormezeele, a distance of 2400 meters. On August 29th the 114th MG BN took over the Canal sector from the 115th MB BN and Kemmel Hill was taken by the 30th and 27th Divisions in conjunction with the 14th British Division. On September 4 and 5 the 30th Division was withdrawn from the Canal Sector and placed in British GHQ reserve at Roellecourt, France for training in attack in conjunction with the British tanks.
On September 22, the division was moved to the British Fourth Army near Tinecourt and on the night of September 23 and 24th the Division took over a front line sector from the 1st Australian Division, facing the Hindenburg Line.
On September 27th, Allen was driving the lead "limber" in a column hauling ammunition to the front when the Germans from their commanding higher ground zeroed in on a sunken road area and began shelling them with severe artillery fire mixed with mustard gas shells. The order to retreat placed him at the rear. He was lying between his rear horses with his arms over their backs, using their bodies for his protection when a shell landed among the horses. All four horses were killed or mortally wounded. Allen received minor flesh wounds to his arms and neck, but the horses fell on him, knocking his gas mask off and trapping him. First Lieutenant Summerfield RAGAN of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee saw his predicament and returned and helped him free himself from the dead and dying horses. Allen, thinking his wounds, injuries and gassing not serious, declined immediate medical care to remain with this unit. The mustard gas injury was indeed serious with severe damage to the inside of his mouth, esophagus and lungs. He could talk only at a whisper when he returned home.
On September 29th, the 30th Division with the 27th American Division on the left and the 46th British Div. On the right assaulted the Hindenburg Line. The Hindenburg Ling at this point commanded the high ground and curved in front of the Tunnel of St. Quentin and was considered impregnable by the Germans because it consisted of three main trench systems protected by vast fields of heavy barbed wire entanglements, skillfully placed and damaged very little by artillery fire. The dominating ground was strengthened by concrete machine gun emplacements, a large number of dugouts lined with mining timbers and wooden steps going down 30 feet to rooms holding four to six men, with bunks and wired for electric lights. A large tunnel including a canal had the capacity to shelter a division. The tunnel was electrically lit and filled with barges and connected by numerous tunnels to the Hindenburg trench system. Tunnels led to the city of Bellicourt and other places, including headquarters.
The 30th Division, the 60th Brigade with units of the 117th Infantry, assaulted the line at 5:50 A.M., September 29th, captured the entire Hindenburg system and advanced further, capturing the tunnel system with the German troops within, taking the cities of Bellicourt, Requeval, Carriere, Etricourt, Guillaime Ferme and Ferme de Requeval, defeating two enemy divisions, capturing 47 officers and 1,434 men.
On October 1 and 2, the 30th Div. Was relived by the 5th Australian Div. And moved to a back area. They had a short rest, only to march back to take over the front line in the same area on the night of the 4 & 5. On October 8th through the 11th, the 30th Div attacked each day, advancing 17,500 yards capturing several towns and encountering units of 14 German divisions. The Division was relieved on Oct 11-12, but returned on Oct 16 to take over the same line at the same place and launched another attack on Oct 17, 18, and 19 against three German divisions, advancing 9,000 yards, capturing six towns, and many troops. The total number of prisoners captured by this division between September 29 and October 29 was 98 officers and 3,750 men. Because of the rapid advance and early withdrawal for replacements and rest, there was no opportunity to gather up and salvage a great number of guns and supplies captured which were left for the salvage troops of the 4th British Army. Many field guns taken from the Germans were turned over to supporting artillery and used by them against the retreating enemy.
On Oct. 20th, the 114th MG BN moved to the rear for rest and camped near Bellicourt and St. Quentin Canal. Then on October 23rd entrained at Tincourt for a trip by rail, arriving at Albert at 4 A.M. and marched 10 miles to Merricourt billeting in buildings partially destroyed by shellfire in the summer. Oct. 29, Brigade field meet, November 1 Division Field meet, furloughs, and leaves granted to parts of France. Big celebrations the night of November 10 with news the Armistice would be signed on the 11th hours of the 11th day of the 11th month - exactly six months since the unit left New York. Drills, Divisional reviews, orders to turn in all British equipment, prepare to move south to join the American Army. Turned in ammunition on November 16th. November 22nd left Merricourt entrained to Corbie, detrained at Mont Bizat and trucked to Chateau de la Daniere on Nov. 23. Dec 13, moved to Chateau to Torce, billeted in barns. December 25, Christmas Day, heavy snow, Christmas tree for French children. Dec. 31st more inspections, football games, presentations, visits and reviews by Gen. J. PERSHING and Gen. LEWIS through Feb 5th. Feb. 15th left Torce for Belgium camp; March 6 at St. Aziere, more inspections prior to embarking for the USA on the USS Rijndam on March 9. After a squally weather, rough seas and seasickness, landed at Newport News, VA at 8 A.M. on March 20, marched seven miles to Camp Morrison. March 22, delousing and new clothes issued. March 26, entrained in Pullman cars with "real porters" for Tennessee, arriving in Knoxville at 10 A.M. March 27th for a big parade at 11 and a reception and feed and liberty until 10 P.M. Reached Nashville at 11 A.M. by train and marched to the Belmont for dinner. Paraded at 2:30 P.M., another big reception and liberty until midnight. March 29th arrived at Chattanooga and Ft. Oglethorpe, GA. April 1 - 4, physical exams, records processed, parades, final pay and discharge.
Allen returned to the family farm at Lutts, Tennessee and on November 9, 1919 married Myrtle Estelle MORROW of the local community. They were the parents of five children: Estelle ROBBINS, Nannie WEBB, Edward, Marie McGEE and James Elmer. He lived in the Lutts community the remainder of his life, earning his living as a farmer. After several heart attacks and hospital stays over a period of years, he died of a sudden heart attack at home in April 1973.
(The above narrative was assembled by Maj. Edward Y. WARRINGTON, USAF, ret. With military narrative extracted from the book With the 114th Machine Gun Battalion 1917 - 1919 which was compiled by members of the unit.)
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WEST, Clyde, serial number 1314363, Pvt. 2nd Co., 1st Convalescent BN (on discharge). Was inducted 21 Sep 1917 at Waynesboro, TN and served with the 114th Machine Gun BN (ref. WARRINGTON biography above). Served with American Expeditionary Forces from 10 May 1918 to 21 Dec 1918. Was wounded receiving four shrapnel wounds. Honorably discharged at Camp Gordon, GA on 3 Jan 1919. Described as 27 years and 3 months old at induction and a farmer. He had brown eyes, black hair, fair complexion and was 5' 9" tall.
Clyde WEST was born 26 May 1890 in Wayne County, Tennessee, the son of William James WEST (1865-1920) and Sally ROBNETT (1870-1923) who are buried at Jackson Cemetery, Wayne Co., TN. Clyde was the grandson of Isham WEST and Martha MATNEY. His siblings were Clara WEST (17 Mar 1892 - 6 May 1965); Edna B. WEST; Velma WEST, Pearl WEST (Mrs. Lee BOWEN); Joseph H. WEST (died infant); Isham Harrison WEST, b. March 1898 and Luther West, b. 25 Oct 1900; Herschel, who died 1969, and Andrew West, b. 1919.
Clyde married Emma F. STAGGS, b. 25 July 1919, the daughter of Frank and Dolly STAGGS who died 1942 and 1941 respectively. Her parents are buried at Highland Methodist Church Cemetery. Clyde and Emma had the following children and grandchildren.
1. Marie WEST who married C. E. JONES. Their children were, William Irvin, Robert Cornelius, Clara Fay, Jackie Allen, Charles Edward "Charlie" (killed in wreck), Joyce Marie, Debra Gwen, Randal Scott, Jerry Wayne, Larry Brent, and Margaret Ann.
2. William Franklin WEST, married with two children: Richard (adopted) and Pamela Jean.
3. Fayetta WEST who married Raymond STAGGS. They live in Lawrenceburg, TN and have no children.
Clyde farmed a great deal, including in Lawrence County and Wayne. He and his family lived at Deerfield and then moved to Butler Creek, Wayne County, where he continued to farm. Upon retiring he moved to Waynesboro where he lived the rest of his life. He also attended a Poultry School at Cookeville, Tennessee.
Clyde WEST died 15 Oct 1974 and buried at Highland Methodist Church Cemetery, Wayne Co., TN.
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WEST, Joseph S., Pvt., was born 22 Feb 1896, the son of William and Sally WEST who are buried at Cromwell Crossroads, Wayne County, Tennessee. He married Mattie Frances MARTIN and they had six children:
Addie WEST SIMMONS REAVES; Alta WEST ROBBINS; Marshal WEST; Hobert WEST; Joel WEST; and Ernest WEST.
Joseph served in France during the war. Once while delivering supplies to the lines, he came into severe fighting. After he had taken refuge in a ditch, he noticed a German in the same ditch. The German made a motion with his hand to keep their heads down. When he looked again the German was gone. One lived through the war, hopefully both.
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WHITBY, William C., born 12 July 1887, Wayne County, Tennessee son of Thomas J. WHITBY, born Bedford Co., TN 21 Dec 1854, d. 14 Jan 1932, buried at Shields Cem., Wayne Co., TN; and Charlotte FLOYD, b. Lawrence Co., TN, d. 30 July 1915.
William C. WHITBY married and had the following children: Carroll WHITBY, died infant 1915; Carolyn WHITBY (Mrs. Eugene STONE) who lives Old Rome Pike, Rt. 3, Box 503, Lebanon, Tennessee 37087.
William C. WHITBY died 21 Oct 1921 and is buried at Shields Cemetery, Wayne Co., TN. No other information available.
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WHITEHEAD, Joe "Sugar Boy", born April 1900, Wayne Co., TN, son of Daniel WHITEHEAD b. Oct 1863; and Martha E., b. Oct 1865. His siblings were Willie, b. June 1887; Thomas, b. Dec 1888; James, b. Nov 1891; Sally Jane, b. Oct 1893; Ada, b. Nov 1894; and Alice, b. Oct 1897. He was inducted at Waynesboro, TN, and was living near Topsy in the 4th Civil District of Wayne Co., Tn at the time of his induction. No other information available.
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WHITSETT, Wheeler Clyde, was born 1 Nov 1893 at Waterloo, Alabama to Turner WHITSETT and Ida THREET WHITSETT, moving to Tennessee at an early age.
He served in the US Army during the war, serving in France and Germany. He returned from the Army and began farming. In the 1930's and 1940's he and his brother Jones did some trading of livestock. He and his sister Lillian lived with their mother, taking care of her until her death in 1947. He was never married. He loved the community where he lived and was well known there. He died at Hardin County Hospital, Savannah, Tennessee on 7 March 1977 and is buried in the family plot at the Lutts Cemetery, Wayne County, Tennessee.
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WHITTEN, James H. "Jimmy", enlisted 13 Nov 1917, Waynesboro, Tn and was discharged on 20 June 1919. He was born August 1893, the son of Aaron A. and Lydia CURTIS WHITTEN, near Pleasant Valley, Wayne County, Tennessee. He died in Lauderdale County, Alabama. No other information submitted.
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WIGFALL, Hubert (Herbert?), Born June 1894, Tennessee, son of Thomas WIGFALL, b. Jan 1871, and Lillie WIGFALL, b. Sep 1876. Had sisters Katie, b. Nov 1896, and Nettie, b. Aug 1898. No other information submitted.
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WILSON, Benjamin Harrison, inducted 1917, Engineers, US Army, served in France, discharged 1919. He was born 15 July 1892 on Buck Branch, Wayne County, Tennessee, the son of William Denison and Millie PITTS WILSON. He had fifteen brothers and sisters: James A. WILSON, b. 23 May 1867; Joseph D. WILSON, b. 1870; William L. WILSON, b. 29 Aug 1872; Thomas H. WILSON, b. 23 April 1874; Nancy L. A. WILSON, b. 20 Jan 1876; Charles W. WILSON, b. 7 July 1877; Sallie E. WILSON, b. 29 Jan 1879; Oliver W. WILSON, b. 5 Oct 1884; Alice L. A. WILSON, b. 18 April 1882; Rhoda WILSON, b. 2 Jan 1884; Mary B. WILSON, b. 26 March 1885; Alford T. WILSON, b. 20 April 1886; Margaret C. WILSON, b. 4 Aug 1888; Cicero A. WILSON, b. 24 Apr 1890; and McKinley Welch WILSON, b. 21 Dec 1893.
Benjamin Harrison WILSON married Anne Lee BASHAM in Kentucky. She was born 28 Jan 1902 and died 25 Jan 1965. They had five children:
1. Benjamin Harrison WILSON, Jr., who served in World War II and was a well-known writer. The late William Rose Bénet wrote about Ben Jr. "...undoubted talent, much that is clever and much worthwhile value ... a notable addition." One of Ben Jr.'s books was "PEBBLES", a book of poetry published in 1953. Ben Jr. died young.
2. Jerry Conrad WILSON, b. Nov 1924. He was a special guard for Edgar J. HOOVER, FBI during World War II.
3. Jacqueline WILSON, b. 14 Nov 1926, killed in an automobile wreck in 1962.
4. William Joseph WILSON, b. 1929 - married and has four children.
5. Theodore Allen WILSON, b. 1940.
Benjamin Harrison WILSON worked with his brothers on the farm. Later he went to Evansville, Indiana where his sister Katy lived. There he went to work for L & N Railroad.
Benjamin Harrison WILSON died 7 Oct 1957 at Evansville, Indiana. He was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Evansville.
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WILSON, McKinley Welch, brother of Benjamin Harrison WILSON above, was born 2 Feb 1893 on Buck Branch, Wayne County, Tennessee. He was inducted into the Army in 1917 and served in France with the Corps of Engineers. He was discharged in 1919. He married Ada SWANDERS. They didn't have any children. Welch worked for L & N Railroad in Evansville, Indiana with his brother, Ben. He died 22 Oct 1972 in Evansville and is buried in Park Hill Cemetery there.
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