August 7, 1894 (Norwalk, CT) – October 14, 1918; 24 years old
Last local address: 23 Harbor Avenue, Norwalk
Serial number 3119781
Unit: Headquarters 11th Training Division, Camp Meade, Maryland
Born to John Joseph Louden (1859-1913) and Alice Mary Brotherton (1861-1895). The 1900 census shows Clarence and sister Ruth Louden Platt (1888-1968) living with Charles Brotherton (1836-1908) and his wife Ruth (1838-1908), their grandparents, at 23 Harbor Avenue, Norwalk.
Worked as a bookkeeper for United Electric Light and Water Company prior to the service.
Died of bronchial pneumonia related to Spanish Influenza at Camp Meade, near Annapolis Junction, Maryland.
From The Norwalk Hour October 15, 1918
NORWALK SOLDIER BOY DIES AT CAMP MEADE
Clarence Louden, one of Norwalk’s men in the service of Uncle Sam, died at Camp Meade, Maryland, yesterday morning after an 11-day illness with Spanish Influenza, which developed into pneumonia. He was taken sick on October 4 and was for a time considered in critical condition. A few days ago, it was thought that he had a chance for recovery. He was, however, in a very serious condition and died yesterday morning. The information had been received in a telegram by his sister, Mrs. Lester E. Platt of 23 Maple Street last night at 5 o’clock. The deceased was a Norwalk boy and before the death of his parents, lived with them on Harbor Avenue, and after their death, he resided at the home of his sister, Mrs. Platt. He went through High School, having attended the old school, which was located in the Center School building, for a period of two years, and finished his High School education in the new High School, which was at that time built on West Avenue. He was very well-liked in Norwalk, and was quite popular, being a member of the Odd Fellows, and also a Mason, belonging to the Craftsman’s club of that order, and the news of his death is received with infinite regret on the part of his many friends. He left Norwalk with a quota of the boys on June 24, going directly to Camp Meade, Maryland, where he was located with the Officers’ Headquarters Troop up to the time of his sad death in his 26th year. A telegram was sent to the camp this morning, requesting that the remains be sent here and upon arrival of the body. Interment will take place in the Riverside Cemetery.
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Private Louden is buried at Riverside Cemetery, 81 Riverside Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut; Section 4, Plot 102 (Platt plot). Photo by webmaster.