October 15, 1894 (Norwalk, CT) – October 5, 1918; 23 years old
Last local address: 168 Flax Hill Road, Norwalk
Entered the service on July 23, 1918
Serial number 3735253
Unit: 63rd Infantry, Company E
Born to Frank N. Ferris (1860-1918) and Evalina Corbett Ferris (1862-). Three brothers, David (1888-1908), William (1890-1962) and Horace (1892-1970).
Worked as a Quartermaster on a tow boat for Norwalk Towing Company.
Died of pneumonia related to the Spanish Influenza outbreak at Camp Meade, Maryland.
From an unknown newspaper date stamped October 7, 1918 and found in the archives of the Norwalk History Room and the Norwalk Library
NORWALK MEN LAY DOWN THEIR LIVES
Aime Tarlov Killed in Battle Action in France is War Report
PRIVATES FERRIS AND GAFFNEY DIE OF PNEUMONIA
Two Latter Were at Camp Meade and Remains Will Come to Norwalk
Beginning of article refers to Aime Tarlov and was removed
In the deaths of private Frank H. Ferris and Private John Gaffney within twenty-four hours of each other from pneumonia at Camp Meade, Maryland, Norwalk has lost two more of her sons who have gone into the service of their country.
On Saturday afternoon at 5 o’clock, Mr. and Mrs. Frank N. Ferris, of Flax Hill Road received a telegram from the military authorities at Camp Meade that their son had died that afternoon from pneumonia after an illness of less than a week. Private Ferris was nearly twenty-four years old,i n a week or so to celebrate his twenty-fourth birthday and was a member of Company E, 63rd Infantry. He was in Baltimore, Maryland at the time he was drafted in July and left that city for camp instead of coming home to leave with the quota from this city. At that time he was employed on government work. He was well known here having a large circle of friends and acquaintances. Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers, William H. Ferris and Horace G. Ferris, both of this city. The remains of the young man are now on their way to this city and the funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Private Gaffney was the son of Mrs. Henry Schultze of 76 North Main Street and his mother received word from Camp Meade on Friday night that he had passed away. He was also well known in this city and left here some time ago with other boys for Camp Meade and at the time of his death was taking special mechanical training. The remains of the young man are also enroute to South Norwalk and the funeral announcements will be announced later.
From The Bridgeport Telegram October 7, 1918
Another well-known young man to die while in the service is Frank H. Ferris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank N. Ferris of Flax Hill Road, news of whose death from pneumonia was received by his parents on Saturday afternoon, from the military authorities at Camp Meade, Maryland. The young man was nearly 24 years old at the time of his death, and had been ill less than a week. He was a member of Company E, 63rd Infantry, and had been at camp since July, having left from Baltimore, Maryland for the camp, being drafted from this city, but being allowed to go to camp from Baltimore where he was employed in government work. The remains of the young man are now on their way to this city and are expected to arrive here on Monday, at which time funeral services will be held. He was a well-known young man in Norwalk, having a large number of friends and acquaintances. Besides his parents, he is survived by two brother, William H. Ferris and Horace G. Ferris, both of this city.
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Private Ferris is buried in Rowayton Union Cemetery, Rowayton CT; Avenue 2, Plot 41. Photo from findagrave.com.