LAST HONOR PAID TO PRIVATE HILL
Reading Boy Among Heroic Dead Buried at Arlington
Senator Walsh, John J. Rogers Mourners at National Cemetery
WASHINGTON, October 20, 1921 – More than 100 bodies of American soldiers who died overseas in the World War were buried with full military honors in the National Cemetery at Arlington this afternoon. In this company of the heroic dead was Private Stanwood Elliott Hill, Company A, 14th United States Engineers, of Reading, Massachusetts, who was in action on the Somme front and who died in France on July 4, 1918.
Private Hill was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest A. L. Hill of Reading. He was well known in the community in which he lived and was a popular athlete. He played baseball and football and rowed on his school crew. He had been a student at the Huntington School, the Stone School, Malden High and Phillips Academy at Andover.
The gathering at Arlington Cemetery today comprised several hundreds persons, relatives and friends of the young men who had made the supreme sacrifice. They grouped around the flower-marked graves and paid the final tribute to their soldier-dead.
Attending the ceremonies were Mrs. Ernest A. L. Hill, mother of Private Hill, his uncle, Lester D. Hill, and an aunt, Miss Lillian Elliott. The family group was enlarged by the presence of United States Senator David I. Walsh, Congressman and Mrs. John Jacob Rogers, who also sent a memorial wreath, and other Massachusetts people who reverently joined in the solemn and impressive rites over the flag-draped casket.
Following the ceremony, when the salute had been fired and “Taps” sounded, the flag for which Private Hill had given his life, and which had covered the casket, was given to his mother in accordance with custom.
HILL, STANWOOD E
- PVT A 14TH MASS ENGRS
- DATE OF DEATH: 07/04/1918
- BURIED AT: SECTION WH.EU SITE 3828
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
Reviewed by: Michael Howard