PRIVATE PATRICK J. OWENS; U.S. ARMY

May 5, 1893 (Leitrim, Ireland) – September 26, 1918; 24 years old; unmarried
Last local address: was 269 W153 St, Manhattan; sister Anna O. Elwood lived at 24 Orchard Street in Norwalk
Entered the service on July 29, 1918
Serial number: 4181245
10TH TRAINING BATTALION DEPOT, CAMP DEVENS, MASSACHUSETTS

Worked as a Machinist for Locomobile Company in Bridgeport prior to service.

Died from disease, specifically lobar pneumonia. More than likely related to the Spanish Influenza outbreak.

From unknown newspaper date stamped October 7, 1918

NORWALK BOY DIES AT CAMP DEVENS

Patrick Owens, of Orchard Street, Left Home July 29th

Word was received in this city this morning by the relatives that Private Patrick Owens had died at the base hospital, Camp Devens, Ayer, Massachusetts, at 3:45 o’clock yesterday morning following an attack of pneumonia. The news was a shock to his family and his large host of friends. he was one of the most popular young men of this city and was well liked and respected by all who came in contact with him.
He left this city for Camp Devens on July 29 and upon arrival there was assigned to the 37th Company, 10th Battalion, 151st Depot Brigade. He had written a number of interesting letters to his friends and relatives here and was much taken up with army life.
Before entering the service of his country Private Owens lived with his sister, Mrs. N.M. Elwood of 24 Orchard Street. He is survived by four sisters, Mrs. N.M. Elwood, Mrs. Charles Hendricks, Mrs. Peter Gilchrist, and Miss Helen Owens. No arrangements have been made for the funeral as yet until the authorities are communicated with at Camp Devens. The body, however, is expected to arrive in this city tomorrow.

For NARA burial file, click HERE.

Private Owens is buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Norwalk, Section E.

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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