CORPORAL ALFRED PHILLIP CHURCH; U.S. ARMY

August 24, 1892 (Wisconsin) – September 13, 1918; 26 years old
Unmarried
Last local address: 523 Old Westport Road, Norwalk; living in San Diego when drafted
Enlisted February 5, 1913
Serial number 841688
Unit: 54th Coast Artillery Company, Battery F

According to the 1900 census, Alfred was born in Wisconsin. Further evidence is a newspaper article below. His connection to Norwalk was his Uncle & Aunt, Edward Church (1850-1943) and Amelia Church (1864-1935).

Worked as a carpenter’s helper on a dam in California prior to service.


Died of lobar pneumonia. More than likely related to the Spanish Influenza outbreak.


From The Norwalk Hour April 22, 1910

GROWN BEYOND RECOGNITION

Alfred Church, a former Norwalk young man, who for the past four years has been residing at his parental home in Wisconsin, is now spending two weeks as the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Church, of Westport Avenue. Mr. Church reports that he liked it very much in the west. He has grown so that many of his friends hardly recognized him.


WWI Burial card, front
WWI burial card, back

Corporal Church is buried at St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, France, Plot A, Row 14, Grave 9.

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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