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World War I

World War I Casualties
from Brevard County

These servicemen were either from Brevard County

or had family connections in Brevard County


We have been very liberal in our definition of a Brevard County veteran. Generally, we have listed all the names inscribed on the Memorial Wall, all the names we found listed on official U. S. Government web sites as residents of Brevard County, all those with an enlistment hometown located in the county, and all those whose obituary could be found in the local newspapers.

Sources:

World War I Service cards from Florida State Archives at
http://www.floridamemory.com/collections/wwi/

Find A Grave at
http://www.findagrave.com/

Cocoa Tribune newspaper, Cocoa, Florida

American Battle Monument  Commission at http://www.abmc.gov/search/wwi.php



























Scott Bailey
Scott Bailey is listed on the Wall of Honor at the Brevard Community College in
Cocoa, Florida. No information on his military service could be found.











































Franklin Lafayette Brown
Born January 7, 1891 in Georgetown, SC
Enlisted at Titusville, Florida September 21, 1917.
Residence: Titusville, Florida.
Age at Enlistment: 25 9/12 Years
Company B 324th Infantry to _____ Company M 124th Infantry to Death
Died of Broncho Pneumonia November 26, 1917
Notified of death: William Brown, Father, Astatula, Florida.
Buried: Astatula Cemetery, Astatula, Lake County, Florida. Photo of grave marker at www.findagrave.com.

(Source: World War I Service cards, online at Florida State Archives





















Fritz Alfred Buhler
 Enlisted at Titusville, Florida, June 25, 1918
Residence: Canaveral, Brevard, Florida
Age at Enlistment: 24 2/12 Years 19
Co, 156 Dep Brigade to July 20, 1918 Btry F 12th Regt. F A Repl Draft to Death
Died of Broncho Pneumonia October 9, 1918 Artesia, Florida.

(Source: World War I Service cards, online at Florida State Archives



























Jacob Abner Green
Born: Dalton, Georgia, November 26, 1893
Enlisted at Titusville, Florida, August 3, 1917
Residence: Titusville, Florida
Age at Enlistment: 23 5/6 Years
Co. G, 6th Inf August 3, 1917 to October 14, 1918
Engagements: St. Mihiel; Argus
Served Overseas: April 19, 1918 to October 14, 1918

Killed in Action October 14, 1918
Notified of Death: Andrew J. Calahan, Friend, Spring Place, Georgia.

(Source: World War I Service cards, online at Florida State Archives


























Frank Bernard Huddleston

Born: Beckwith, West Virginia, October 29, 1892
Inducted at Beckley, West Virginia October 15, 1917
Residence: Melbourne, Florida
Age at Induction: 24 11/12 Years
Btry F, 315 FA to Dec 14, 1917; Co. B, 7 Inf to Death
Served Overseas April 6, 1918 to Death
Killed in Action June 22, 1918
Notified of Death: A. B. Myles, Mother, Melbourne, Florida
(Source: World War I Service cards, online at Florida State Archives

Buried: Melbourne Cemetery, Melbourne, Florida
Zone A Section 2
Government Marker: Florida: PVT 7 INF 3 DIV
Upright military marker

(Source: The Two Cemeteries at Melbourne, by the Genealogical Society of South Brevard)


        Obituary

        MELBOURNE WILL HONOR WAR HERO
        Body of Frank B. Huddleston Will Arrive Here From France Sunday Night – Military Funeral Thursday

        The earthly remains of a Melbourne boy who gave his life on the battlefield in France arrived at Hoboken, New York last week and they will be accompanied by one of his "buddies" who served with him in France. It was due to the request of this friend that the boy of Frank B. Huddleston was held at Hoboken until he could arrange to leave with it on the 2nd or 3rd. If the start is made on the 2nd, he will probably arrive here on No. 86 Saturday night, otherwise on Sunday night. Huddleston was killed in the Argonne Forrest about June 18th, 1918, and the people of France would have been glad to look after his grave, as they do the graves of all American heroes who fell in the great world war, but the mother wanted him near so that she could with her own hands strew flowers on his grave, here in the country he died for. But others will see to it that the last resting place of this brave Melbourne boy is kept green long after his mother is laid beside him. America does not forget her soldier dead. Frank B. Huddleston was the son of Mrs. A. B. Myles, through whose efforts his remains have been returned to her by the government. He will be buried in the Melbourne Cemetery next Thursday afternoon with military honors, the newly organized Frank Huddleston post of the American Legion in charge of the ceremonies. It is expected that a large number of ex-servicemen from other town in the county will be in attendance. Frank was one of the two boys from Brevard County who were killed in action, both from Melbourne. The other boy was Eli Light, who was killed in April the same year.
        (Published in the COCOA TRIBUNE September 1, 1921)
























Eli Light

Residence: Melbourne, Brevard, Florida
Born: January 27
Next of Kin: Alma Light, Melbourne, Florida
(Source: World War I Service cards, online at Florida State Archives

U. S. World War I Mother’s Pilgrimage, 1930
Mrs. Alma Light
401 Baker St.
High Point, Guilford, North Carolina
Mother
Name of Deceased: Ely Light
Organization: Bty E, 12th FA
Cemetery: Aisne-Marne
Desires to make Pilgrimage: X

Source Information:

        Sewell, Patricia and Cecilia Palin, eds.. U.S. World War I Mothers' Pilgrimage, 1930[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999. Original data: List of Mothers and Widows of American Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines Entitled to Make a Pilgrimage to War Cemeteries in Europe. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1930.
       
        About U.S. World War I Mothers' Pilgrimage, 1930
       
        Listing of mothers and widows of World War One soldiers who are interred in European cemeteries.In the late 1920s the War Department of the United States compiled a list of mothers and widows of deceased soldiers killed in World War I and offered to send them to their loved one's final resting place in Europe. This database contains the names those women who were entitled to make the pilgrimage, as shown by department records on 15 November 1929. Each record provides the name of widow or mother, city and state of residence, and relationship to the deceased. Additionally, information regarding the decedent's name, rank, unit, and cemetery is provided. In a few cases the woman's surname and decedent's surname can be different, most likely due to an error in spelling in the original document. Providing information regarding nearly 11,000 mothers and widows, this database can be useful for seeking information on World War I veterans.
        Two columns indicated whether the woman desired to make the pilgrimage in 1930 or "later." If the individual chose to travel after 1930, it was in 1931, 1932, or 1933. If an "x" appears in either of these columns, the person, although eligible, did not state whether they desired to make the pilgrimage or not.






















Tellef Lindland
Born: Besor, Norway
Age at Enlistment: 32 7/12
Residence: Titusville, Florida
Enlisted at Fort Screven, Georgia, May 22, 1917
Supply Company #3 F. A. May 22, 1917 to Sept 26 1918 Rank: Pvt. May 21, 1917; Wagoner -----
Served overseas: July 14 1918 to Sept 26, 1918

Died of Lombar Pneumonia September 26, 1918
Notified of Death: Nela Johnson, Friend, R.C. Box 10, Live Oak, Florida
(Source: World War I Service cards, online at Florida State Archives

Buried at Meuse – Argonne American Cemetery Plot A, Row 11, Grave 13 Romagne, France

(Source: American Battle Monuments Commission)



























John P. McMillan
Born: Banvan [Banyan], Florida
Age at Enlistment: 21 4/12
Residence: Eau Gallie
Enlisted at: Fort Screven, Georgia December 14, 1917
39th Rct Sq 3 Provisional Regt Aviation Camp Waco, Texas to death Rank: Private
Died of Lobar Pneumonia January 21, 1918
Notified of Death: Prestian [Preston] McMillan, Father, Eau Gallie, Florida

(Source: World War I Service cards, online at Florida State Archives
























Arthur Mathis
Born Monticello, Florida, 1887
Age at Induction: 30 Years
Residence: Cocoa, Florida
Inducted at Titusville, Florida August 3, 1918
63 Co 13 Tng Brig August 26, 1918
Co C 546 Engrs to Death
Rank: Private
Served Overseas: September 25 1918 to Death
Died of Pneumonia October 9, 1918
Notified of Death: Mrs. Ester S. Mathis, Wife, Cocoa, Florida
(Bottom left corner of Service Card is cut off, signifying that the person is of African descent)

(Source: World War I Service cards, online at Florida State Archives



























Rufus W. Ridgdill
Born: Mulberry, Florida, 1889
Residence: Melbourne, Florida
Enlisted at Fort Screven, Georgia, June 5, 1917
Age at Enlistment: 28 8/12 Years
Co D, 6 Engr Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division to Death
Rank, Private; Private 1Cl Sept 1, 1918; Corp Oct 18, 1918
Engagements: Warfusee-Atancourt
Served Overseas: December 5, 1917 to October 20, 1918
Killed in Action October 20, 1918
Notified of Death: John J. Ridgdill, Brother, Labell, Florida
(Source: World War I Service cards, online at Florida State Archives

Buried: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, France,
Plot F, Row 36, Grave 21
(Source: American Battle Monuments Commission)




























Charles Riggins
Born: Columbia, South Carolina, August 1, 1891
Residence: City Point, Brevard County, Florida
Inducted at Titusville, Florida, June 20, 1918
Birth Date: August 1890
52 Co 153 Dep Brig to August 18, 1918; Co B 536 Engrs Serv Bn to Death
Rank: Private
Served Overseas, August 26, 1918 to Death

Died of Pneumonia May 4, 1919
Notified of Death: Lewis Young, Friend, City Point, Florida
(Bottom left corner of Service Card is cut off, signifying that the person is of African descent)

(Source: World War I Service cards, online at Florida State Archives
























Claude L. Robison
Born Mt. Sterling, Ohio
Residence: Titusville, Florida
Inducted at: Jacksonville, Florida May 30, 1917
Age at Induction: 28 Years
Co A, 7 Engrs to Death
Rank: Private 1Cl May 30, 1917; Corp July 31, 1917
Served overseas: July 28, 1917 to Death
Died of Myccarditis Jan 18, 1918
Notified of Death: Mrs. A. L. Robison, Mother, Mt. Sterling, Ohio

(Source: World War I Service cards, online at Florida State Archives




























Wilson K. Taylor
Born: St Ste Meries, Michigan
Residence: Titusville, Florida
Inducted at Titusville, Florida, July 30, 1918
Age at Induction: 26 6/12
QMC Camp Meigs, D. C. to Death
Rank: Private
Died of Influenza and Pneumonia October 12, 1918
Notified of death: Mrs. Mary Taylor, Mother, Titusville, Florida

(Source: World War I Service cards, online at Florida State Archives