Thursday, July 25, 2019

Roster of Men Who Died in World War I - Part IV Union County

By December 1918, the casualties of World War I  had totaled 3,030 and were divided as follows:  Killed in action, 421;  died of wounds, 310;  died of accident and other causes; died of airplane accidents, 12;  died of disease, 431;  wounded severely, 344;  wounded, degree undertermined; 398;  wounded slightly, 619; missing in action, 474.[1]

In 1919, the names of Kentucky soldiers who lost their lives during World War I were published in several newspapers, including the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Hopkinsville Kentuckian and the Owensboro Messenger. The majority of deaths were mainly caused by the influenza epidemic of 1918 - 1919.


Louis Bingham, Sturgis, killed in action
Thomas Cody, Uniontown, died of wounds
John J. Graham, Uniontown, killed in action
William Griggs, Waverly, died of disease
Uel Hinton, Uniontown, died of disease
John Jackson, Henshaw, died of disease
Edward Kirkman, Sturgis, died in German prison camp
Charles McGuire, Waverly, died of disease
James Lee Mattingly, Morganfield, died of disease
Henry Medley, Morganfield, killed in action
Roland C. Minton, Waverly, killed  in action
Thomas B. Moore, Sturgis, killed  in action
* Henry E. Riddle, Sturgis, died of wounds
Ernie G. Sheridan, Gumgrove, died of disease
James B. Simpson, Waverly, died of disease
Willie Stull, Sturgis, died of disease
Daniel L. Thompson, Uniontown, killed in action
Orville Van Bussum, Uniontown, died of disease
Vernon Woods, Boxville, died of disease

*  Sturgis, Ky., July 31 - Funeral services for Henry E. Riddle, first Union County soldier to die in the World War, were held at the Baptist Church this afternoon. Members of Riddle Post No. 106, American Legion, and Griggs-Alvey Post, Morganfield, had charge of the ceremonies. Six cousins, all former service men, were pallbearers. [2]

Pvt. Henry Eldridge Riddle
Pythian Ridge Cemetery
Sturgis, Union County, Kentucky
Photographed 15 May 2019

[1] "Honor's Roll,"  Evansville Press, Thurs., 5 Dec 1918, p. 3.
[2] "Union County Hero Buried," Louisville Courier-Journal, Mon., 1 Aug 1921, p. 4.

Published 25 July 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

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