Robert H. C. Kelton
Colonel, United States Army
ROBERT KELTON, WORLD WAR HERO, DIES
Was Chief of Staff of Third Division in France and Cited by Pershing
June 28, 1924
Colonel Robert H. C. Kelton, U.S.A., retired, Chief of Staff of the Third Division in France during the World War died Thursday at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, in his 51st year, according to an announcement here last night. He was the eldest son of the late Adjutant General John G. Kelton, and is the fifth generation of his family to hold a commission in the American Army. In addition to his widow and son, he leaves his mother, a brother and four sisters, including Mrs. Harvey W. Wiley of Washington and the wife of Colonel T. L. Ames of Governors Island, New York.
Colonel Kelton was a native of San Francisco, a graduate of the Artillery School, Staff, Army War and Naval War Colleges. Since his retirement in 1922 for physical disability incurred in the line of duty he has been Secretary-Treasurer of the Soldiers’ Home in Washington.
Colonel Kelton first served overseas in the war on the General Staff at Chaumont. After becoming Chief of Staff of the Third Division he took part in the battles of Chateau-Thierry, Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne and was cited by General Pershing for exceptionally meritorious conduct.
He was a member of the Chevy Chase and Army and Navy Clubs in Washington, and the St. Botolph Club of Boston. His marriage to Miss Edith Russell Wills of Newburyport, Massachusetts, took place in 1910.
An account by Colonel Kelton of the operations
of the Third Division was published in the New York Times in April 1919.
KELTON, EDITH R WILLS WID/O ROBERT H C
Posted: 16 September 2007