Private Bernard Glenn Shurtleff

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World War I

US Army
Company L, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Inf Div, A.E.F.
Born: January 8, 1897 Smith Center, Kansas
Inducted: April 16, 1917
Died: October 13, 1918 of wounds received in France.
Buried: Arlington National Cemetery,
January 14, 1921, Section Wh En, Site 1099

Son of Mr. J.S. "Scott" Shurtleff of Yuma. Bernard Shurtleff joined the Army from Benkleman.

Arlington National Cemetery
B. G. Shurtleff marker Arlington NC

November 14, 1918 - Smith County Journal (Kansas)

Bernard Shurtliff Dies of Wounds

Mrs. Harry Hobbs received word Monday that her son, Bernard Glenn Shurtliff, had died of wounds received in France. His father is Scott Shurtliff, who lives at Yuma, Colorado. The family formerly lived north of Reamsville. Bernard enlisted in April 1917, in Company L, 16th regular infantry, and had been in France a long time, going over at the time Pershing went. His death occurred October 13, but just when he was wounded has not yet been learned. The young man left here when he was a little boy and has since made his home in Colorado.

("Shurtliff" spelling in original newspaper.)

November 14, 1918 - Smith County Pioneer (Kansas)

Youthful Patriot Killed

Bernard Glen Shurtleff, elder of two sons of Mrs. Harry Hobbs of this city, made the supreme sacrifice for his country in France October 13, being killed in action, according to a telegram his mother received Tuesday. The young man was off to the defense of the colors as soon as war was declared last year, enlisting in Co. L, 16th Infantry, a year ago last spring. He was among the first American troops to land in France. Bernard was born at this place January 8, 1897; which would make his age 21 years, 9 months and 5 days at the time he was killed. A younger brother, Harold, we understand is also in the military service, being a member of an aviation squadron now training in Texas. The father of the two boys is Scott Shurtleff, at present living in Yuma county, Colorado.

November 15, 1918 - Yuma Pioneer

Three Yuma Boys Give Their Lives

One Shurtleff Brother Dies of Wounds
---The Other Reported Missing---
Lloyd Titterington Dead

On April 18, 1917, six young men of Yuma enlisted to fight for their country. They were Harold Ray Shurtleff, Merrill Loring, Alfred E. Curry, Ernest Nell, Fred Dowling and A.W. Hohlfield. The pioneer has occasionally printed letters from some of these young men. The people of Yuma, whether they were acquainted with these boys or not, have been interested in them, because they were the first to go from this community. Some of these boys are now in France and have made good records.

A message was recently received by Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Shurtleff that their son, Harold, one of the boys mentioned above and who was connected with the flying squadron, was reported missing in action on October 19. No further word as to his fate has been received. Whether the young man lost his life or is a prisoner in Germany is not known.

Saturday these parents received another message from the war department stating that another son, Bernard Glenn Shurtleff, had died on October 13 from wounds received on the battlefield. This son enlisted at Benkleman, Nebraska, two days before his brother Harold entered the service from Yuma.

Thus at the time when the whole world is rejoicing over the coming of peace, these parents are mourning the loss of their two sons. But with their grief is mingled the happy thought that their boys had been ready to make the supreme sacrifice for the deliverance of the world from autocracy.

Lloyd Titterington died at the Woodcroft hospital in Pueblo last Sunday afternoon. The deceased left Yuma Sunday, October 28, bound for Camp Colt, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, for training in the tank corps. He has had an attack of influenza, and evidently had not fully recovered, as he was ill when he reached camp, and was delirious. Two soldiers were instructed to bring him back to Wray, and they were compelled to strap him to his cot while on the road. He was taken to the Pueblo sanitarium, and died there just two weeks after he left Yuma. The body was taken to Hastings, Iowa, for burial.

Notes: Arlington National Cemetery photograph donated by Jeanne Yoder.

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