North Carolina Casualties on November 11, 1918

Author: 
Matthew M. Peek, Military Collection Archivist

As part of the state of North Carolina's official commemoration of the Armistice that brought an end to the fighting in World War I, we want to share what is our officially-compiled list of those North Carolinians who died, whether in combat or by other means, on November 11, 1918. These were not the last casualties of the war, as many North Carolinians remained in the U.S. Army of Occupation in Europe through the summer of 1919. However, this list is a reminder that although the world celebrated the end of the war that day and in the days following November 11, a number of families in North Carolina were mourning that their loved ones never got a chance to see the ceasation of hostilities and experience peace.

These 29 individuals are surely not all of the North Carolinians that were killed in military service on November 11; they are just the ones which we can prove for sure that their death date is indeed on that day. It is well documented that many Allied servicemen who died on November 11, 1918, were in fact listed on headstones in battlefield graves and on death records as having died on November 10, 1918. As reported in a November 8, 2018, Associated Press article by Raf Casert, many of the white-cross headstones in WWI military cemeteries in Europe list death dates for those who died on November 11 in order to somewhat ease the mourning of the servicemen's families--not to see how close to the end of the war they came--as well as to cover over the decision-making processes of military commanders bent on one last fight. Such was the case with U.S. General John J. Pershing, who had to eventually explain to the U.S. Congress the reasons behind the high number of last-day losses on November 11.

 

However, this is the best list which has been able to be compiled to this point. In honor of those brave North Carolinians who gave their life in the waning moments of the war, we extend our heartful gratitude and condolensces to the families on this centennial anniversary of their deaths.

 

North Carolina Servicemen Deaths on Novmeber 11, 1918*
Last Name First name Rank Home Town Home County Military Organization at Death
Bailey William C 1st Lt Woodsdale Person Co. H, 321st Infantry, 81st Division
Bates Everett R Corp Needmore Swain Co. I, 321st Infantry, 81st Division
Best Andrew Pvt Goldsboro Wayne Co. E, 365th Infantry, 92nd Division
Crisp Lester M Pvt Macclesfield Edgecombe Co. B, 47th Infantry Regiment
Dunham Thomas P Pvt White Oak Bladen Co. A, 321st Infantry, 81st Division
Edwards James T Pvt Fountain Pitt Co. B, 321st Infantry, 81st Division
Ewing Arthus L Pvt West Durham Durham Co C, 323rd Infantry, 81st Division
Hawley William A Pvt Cooper Cumberland Co. I, 325th Infantry, 81st Division
Hill James Pvt 1cl Goldsboro Wayne Co. H, 365th Infantry, 92nd Division
Hill Walter B Pvt Albemarle Stanley Co. H, 321st Infantry, 81st Division
Hooks Grady B PVt Matthews Mecklenburg Co. H, 321st Infantry, 81st Division
Jenkins Paul Burton Sgt. Franklinton Franklin  Headquarters Co., 315th Infantry, 79th Division
Johnson Badger M Pvt Mount Holly Gaston Co. C, 323rd Infantry, 81st Division
Lovin Fred B Pvt Osbourne Richmond Co. L, 323rd Infantry, 81st Division
Lyons Reid Pvt Winston-Salem Forsyth Co. E, 356th Infantry, 92nd Division
MacRae Colin Makepeace Seaman 2nd Class Wilmington New Hanover USS South Dakota, U.S. Navy
Mason Walter Pvt Chapel Hill Orange Co. E, 366th Infantry, 92nd Division
Mitchell Frank B Pvt Kittrell Vance Co. B, 321st Infantry, 81st Division
Morris  Parks Sgt Nealsville McDowell Co. K, 321st Infantry, 81st Division
Robbins Robert E Pvt Sharpsburg Edgecombe-Nash-Wilson Co. I, 321st Infantry, 81st Division
Staton Jesse Corp. Cranberry Avery Co. M, 321st Infantry, 81st Division
Summerlin James G Pvt Mount Olive Wayne Co. K, 321st Infantry, 81st Division
Walker  Richard H Corp Littleton Warren Co. H, 321st Infantry, 81st Division
Walls James T Pvt Altamahaw Alamance Co. I, 120th Infantry, 30th Division
Wiggins Grover C Pvt Goldsboro Wayne Co. G, 321st Infantry, 81st Division
Wilder John N Pvt 1cl Castalia Nash  Co. M, 321st Infantry, 81st Division
Williams

John N (possibly wrong

first name and middle

initial)

Pvt 1cl     Unidentified unit
Williams Major  Pvt Seven Springs Wayne Co. D, 321st Infantry, 81st Division
Woodley Charlie Pvt Oxford Granville Co. F, 322nd Infantry, 81st Division

*Taken from North Carolina Service Individuals Killed during World War I List, compiled by LeRae Umfleet, North Carolina Department of Cultural and Natural Resources and President of the N.C. WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee.