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Milam County, Texas

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Milam County, Texas: List of Honor --
Individuals Who Have Given Their Lives in the
Defense of Their Country from World War I through Vietnam

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John Mordeas Batey [1] [2]

Private, U.S. Army, World War I


Service No.: none found

Born: 25 Jan 1895 at Hico, Hamilton Co., Texas

Died: 5 Feb 1918 at San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas [3]

Age at time of loss: 23 years, 0 months, 11 days

Home of Record: Milano, Milam Co., Texas

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single

Occupation: Farmer

Attended: unknown

Religion: Methodist

Draft Registration: 5 Jun 1917 [4]

Draft Registration: Serial #3554, Order #121

Classification: 42-1-56-A

Age at time of draft registration: 22

Exemption claimed: yes, "religious belief"

Physical Description: Height-medium, Build-medium, Eyes-brown, Hair-brown

Entered Service: 19 Sep 1917 at Cameron, Texas [5]

Overseas Duty: None

Ship/Unit: Co. E, 315th Engineer Regiment, 90th Division

Awards: None found

Casualty Type: Non-hostile, died of illness

Cause of Death: lobar pneumonia, both left lobes

Casualty Location: at 0425 hours, Base Hospital, Camp Travis, San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas

Census Soundex Code: B-300

Census: 1900 Federal Census Soundex [6], 1910 Federal Census [7]

Parents: George W. Batey and Rebecca Virginia ___________ Batey

Brothers: George Batey, Thomas Batey and Lee Batey

Sisters: Lettie Batey and Alda Batey

Paternal Grandparents: _____________________

Maternal Grandparents: _____________________

Wife: none

Children: none

Burial: 1330 hours, 13 Feb 1918, Milano Cemetery, Milano, Texas [8]

Arrangements: U.S. Government & Shelley-Loring Undertaker Co., San Antonio, TX

Military Escort: Private Bullock

Milam County War Memorial: Left Panel

Note: Check for parent's marriage in Falls Co. or Hamilton Co.

Camp Travis, Texas [9]

Camp Travis, Texas was named in honor of Lieutenant Colonol William B. Travis, Republic of Texas, who, in command of the Texas forces, gallantly lost his life in the defense of the Alamo on 6 Mar 1836. The camp was established on 18 Jul 1917 to serve as a training cantonment for the 90th Division which occupied the contonment from Aug 1917 through Jun 1918. The 18,290 acre military reservation was located in Bexar County, in the northeast section of San Anonio, adjoining Fort Sam Houston.

Failities included the Camp Base Hospital which was organized on 22 Aug 1917 and opened on 23 Nov 1917. The camp consisted of 1,449 building with a troop capaicity of 42,809.

The first men reported 1-15 Sep 1917 and the last men reported 1-14 Nov 1918. In Apr 1918. The camp was training camp and it was redesignated as a demobilization center. After the war, the Demobilization Center processed approximately 62,500 officers and men out of the U.S. Army.

At the time of Private Batey's death in Feb 1918, the cantonment population was approximately: 1,422 officers, 23,949 white enlisted, 1,645 colored enlisted with a total aggregate of 27,016.

"Four Deaths at Travis - 2,673 on Hospital List" [10]

Deaths reported yesterday to 90th Division Headquarters were as follows:

John N. Batey, Company E, 315th Engineers of pneumonia; nearest relative, G. W. Batey, father, Milano, Tex.

Hoyt [11]

A gloom spread over our community when news reached here last Wednesday morning of the death of Private John M. Batey, which occurred at Camp Travis last Tuesday night, after an illness of nearly two weeks, having contracted pneumonia. He was reared here, was 23 years age and a perfect specie of manhood. Was in the selective draft of this country which was called into service the nineteenth of October, and was very much enthused over army life. He was an affectionate son and brother and a member of the Christian church. The remains were shipped to Milano for burial and was accompanied by his father and sister who were with him till the end came. Also Private Roy Bullock, one of his friends of Camp Travis. He is survived by his parents, three brothers and two sisters. Interment took place at Milano Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Funeral services conducted by Rev. R. O. Weir, pastor of the Methodist church there. To the entire family we extend our deepest sympathy in their sad bereavement.


[1] Individual Deceased Personnel 293 File, Office of the Quarter Master General Burial Case Files, 1915-1939 (Record Group 92), National Archives Building, Washington, DC.

[2] Military Service Card (Form No. 724-8, A.G.O.), Texas Military Forces Museum, Adjutant General of Texas, Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas.

[3] Texas Dept. of Health - Death Certificate: No. 5919, Bexar Co., TX

[4] WWI Draft Registration, Milam Co., TX: Film M-1507, Roll #124

[5] Form No. 724-8, A.G.O

[6] Hamilton Co., TX, T-1073, Roll 15

[7] Falls Co., TX, T-624, Roll 1551, ED 59, SH 12A, LN 18

[8] Holder, Perry, 150 Years of Cemetery Records for Milam County, Texas, p. 263

[9] Army War College (U.S.), p. 926 & 931-933

[10] San Antonio Express, 6 Feb 1918, p. 4.

[11] Cameron Herald, 14 Feb 1918, p. 7

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