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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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Harry Weakley Beavers [1]

___________, U.S. Army, World War I


Private, U.S. Army, World War I

Service No.: 2,805,716

Born: 17 Sep 1895 at Brownwood, Brown Co., TX

Died: 29 Sep 1918 at France

Age at time of casualty: 23 years, 0 months, 12 days

Home of Record: Milano, Texas

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Married (Note: Single on Draft Registration)

Occupation: Section Laborer, Santa Fe Railroad at Milano, Texas

Attended: unknown

Religion: unknown

Draft Registration: 5 Jun 1917

Age at time of draft registration: 21

Draft Registration: Serial #1333, Order #65

Classification: 42-1-56-A

Exemption claimed: yes, dependant Mother & Brother

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

Entered Service: 26 Apr 1918 at Milano, Texas

Overseas Duty: 13 Jun 1918 to 29 Sep 1918

Ship/Unit: Co. B, 345th Machine Gun Battalion, 90th Division

Awards: None

Casualty Type: Hostile, died of wounds

Cause of Death: Mustard Gas

Casualty Location: 358th Field Hospital, France

Census Soundex Code: B-162

Census: 1900 Federal Census Soundex, 1910 Federal Census

Parents: Joseph "Joe" Ed. Beavers and Lillian Virginia Duffee Beavers

Brothers: John J. Beavers, Herman L. Beavers, Thomas Henderson Beavers

Sisters: Juanita Lillian Beavers McClure McDonald, Esther ________ Beavers Gilbreath

Paternal Grandparents: _______________________________________________

Maternal Grandparents: _______________________________________________

Wife: Ophelia Buna Stemmons Beavers [Apaelia Stimmons Beavers at Milano, TX (sic)] her daughter took the Beaver's name: Alma Inez Beavers Galbreath - Ophelia later remarries James Earnest Morgan

Children: None

Alma's children: Mary Ann Galbreath, David Ray Galbreath (veteran, Vietnam War), Kenneth Lee Galbreath (veteran, Vietnam War) and Linda Sue Galbreath

Burial: 2 Oct 1918, on Marbach Road, 400 yards east of Saizarais, Moselle, France (Grave 52 or 62) by Chaplain Harmon, 315th San. Train

Disinterred: 18 Jun 1919

Re-Burial: 18 Jun 1919, St. Mihiel American Cemetery #1233, Thiaucourt (M. et M.), France (Plot 4, Sec. 18, Grave 190)

Disinterred: 18 Jul 1922

Re-Burial: 18 Jul 1922, St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt (M. et M.), France (Plot C, Row 5, Grave 28) (Flanders Field, France [12])

Arrangements: U.S. Government

Milam County War Memorial: Left Panel

Memorial Gravemarker: Milano Cemetery, Milano, Texas

Other Memorials: American Legion Post #415, organized at Milano, Texas in 1926 was named in PVT Beavers' memory

In a statement made by Coporal Vester W. Haygood (Service No. 2231169), Co. B, 345th Machine Gun Battalion, said that Private Beavers, "Died of wounds (on) 9/29/18....This man was caught in a Bas Barrage lasting from 1:00 to 3:00 a.m. September 28th 1918. This man being on duty in reserce line trenches between Villars-on-Haye and Vilsey, there are no eye witnesses available that were there at the time of gas, but reliabe information has been obtained from men in this Company who were present at the Ambulance when this man reported and was sent to the Field Hospital 315, San. Train on the morning of September 28th 1918."

90th Division

On 25 Aug 1917, the 90th Division officially came into being at Camp Travis, San Antonio, Texas when Major General Henry T. Allen assumed command. The first recruits began arriving on 17 Sep 1917 and the unit was originally composed of men from Texas and Oklahoma. The Division's monogram, which was adopted in France was "T-O." Geographical lines were followed when the battalions and regiments were organized. The 345th Machine Gun Battalion was commanded by Major Henry R. Kimberling.

The 90th Division left American during the period of 13 June 1918 to 6 Jul 1918 and was the 22nd division of the American Expeditionary Forces to arrive in France. In late-September 1918, the 90th Division established out-posts in the Puvenelle, France areas.

"The next day (27 Sep 1918), there was a mustard gas concentration on the line of resistance of the 359th Infantry and Co. B, 345th Machine Gun Battalion, suffering very heavily. The positions became so bad that it was necessary to move them out into new ones (trenches). Owing to the persistency of this type of gas, it was never possible to occupy the gas-saturated trenches during the time that the Division remained in the Puvenelle sector."

"Milam County Boy is Killed in Action"

The casualty report in Tuesday's Daily papers carried the name of Harry Weakley Beavers as killed in action on the firing line in France. He is the son of the late Joe Ed. Beavers and his widowed mother is now living near the town of Milano.

The deceased was married only last November to Miss Apaelia Stidmmons (sic) and was called to service soon thereafter.

Beavers had a brother killed in Los Angeles when The Times building was dynamited several years ago.


[1] Haulsee, Texas - p. 290

[2] McGregor, p. 15

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

[4] Military Service Card (Form No. 724-7, A.G.O.), Texas Military Forces Museum, Adjutant General of Texas, Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas

[5] Wythe, p. 232

[6] No Texas Death Certificate found

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

[8] Brown Co., TX, T-1073, Roll 11, ED 5, SH 16, LN 94

[9] Milam Co., TX, T-624, Roll 1577, ED 58, SH 7A, LN 29

[10] Brown County, Texas, Index to Marriages 1880-1920

[11] Form No. 724-7, A.G.O.

[12] Matchless Milam, p. 239-240

[13] Wythe, p. ______

[14] Wythe, p. ______

[15] Wythe, p. 73.

[16] Cameron Herald, 24 Oct 1918, p. 1.

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