SOLDIER DIED IN FRANCE – Sgt. Arthur D. DeVries
(Grandville Ave. Record, August 30, 1918 – Pg. 1)
Sergt. Arthur D. DeVries, member of Company M, 126th Infantry, son of Mrs. N. F. DeVries, 520 Jefferson avenue, SE, and Dr. U. DeVries, 1069 Bridge street, NW, formerly living at the corner of Grandville avenue and Graham street, was killed in France August. Age 18 years.
Messages received from Acting Adjutant General Harris by the parents announce that he gave his life on the altar of his country while fighting in France August 2nd.
DeVries enlisted in the Grand Rapids battalion, 32nd Regiment, Michigan National guard, in June, 1916. He served during the border trouble in Mexico. When he returned he entered the employ of the Pere Marquette railroad and worked in the shops until he answered President Wilson’s call in the world war. He went to Grayling, where the Michigan troops were mobilized, and was promoted to corporal while encamped there. He went overseas with the 126th Infantry last April. He was a pupil of the 10th grade of the Catholic high school at the time of his enlistment.
Created: 23 June 2007