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Shelton Brown Beaty


Information contributed by: Milam County, TXGenWeb Project
Historical Markers in Arkansas
 
U.S. Army, World War I
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Service No.: 301840
Born: 3 Aug 1895 [2]
Died: 2 Jun 1918 at France
Age at time of loss: 23 years, 9 months, 30 days
Home of Record: Arkansas City, Kansas
Ship/Unit: Co. F, 2nd Engineers
Casualty Type: Hostile, killed-in-action
Cause of Death: high explosive shell

Burial: 2 Jun 1919, behind the battlefield trenches in a yard of last house near a brickwall (Grave No. 1 renumbered Grave 39), near northeast section of Lucy le Bocage by Chaplain John A. Randolph
Disinterred: 3 Jun 1919
Re-Burial: 3 Jun 1919, National Cemetery, Belleau Woods, Aisne, France (Plot 3, Sec. F, Grave 142)
Disinterred: 15 Jul 1921
Re-Burial: abt. 12 Sep 1921, Riverview Cemetery, Arkansas City, KS
Arrangements: U.S. Government
Military Escort: First Lieutenant Duval C. Watkins, 28th Infantry and Private Reuben R. Folger, 28th Infantry from France to the United States Sergeant Albert Gallman (Service No. 1005014) to Arkansas City, KS
Milam County War Memorial:
Note: Also found name listed incorrectly as: Shelton B. Beatty

"Former Cameron Boy Killed in Action"
Shelton Beatty of Arkansas City, Kansas, Killed in France
Well Known Here [3]
The following taken from the Arkansas City Daily News of Arkansas City, Kan., will be read with much interest in Cameron. Shelton Beatty was born and practically raised in this city will be well remembered by everybody:
 

"Mrs. Ed Dye this afternoon received a message from Mrs. Rebecca Beatty, formerly of this city, but now of Tulsa, Okla., stating that she had been informed today, presumably by the war department, that her son, Shelton Beatty, had been killed in action in France. Shelton enlisted in the engineer corps six months ago, and after three weeks of training was set to France. He has spent a lifetime on the rail, and was such a valuable man at this work that he with his comrades was rushed right to the front, where these men are badly needed. For many years Shelton Beatty worked as call boy for the Santa Fe in this city. Later he was promoted to brakeman and worked here and at other places on the division. Many times he was the Santa Fe's only stand-by and was called upon to perform "call boy" when the road was in a pinch. Ten years acquaintnnce (sic) with Shelton Beatty led one to know his sterling worth. His first thought was always for his mother, his next for his sister and then came his brothers and his friends. When but a boy he was called upon to take up a man's duties and he filled them in a manner that will endear him forever to the hearts of those who knew him. It is improbable that a young man ever worked for the Santa Fe was better known or better liked than Shelton Beatty. He was about 22 years of age. More details in regard to this tragic news are awaited eagerly, but everyone knows that "Shelly died as he has lived, a hero."

 
Footnotes
[1] Individual Deceased Personnel 293 File, Office of the Quarter Master General Burial Case Files, 1915-1939 (Record Group 92), National Archives Building, Washington, DC
[2] 1907 Scholastic Census, Cameron, Milam Co., TX
[3] Cameron Herald, 4 Jul 1918, p. 1.
 
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