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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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Hichs Robert Carlile [1], [2], [3]

Private First Class, U.S. Army, World War I


Service No.: 1,487,279

Born: 9 Jul 1893 at Rockdale, Texas

Died: 8 Oct 1918 near St. Etienne, France [4]

Age at time of casualty: 25 years, 2 months, 30 days

Home of Record: Rockdale, Texas

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single

Occupation: Farm Laborer

Attended: Hamilton Chapel Schools, Milam Co., Texas

Religion: Baptist

Draft Registration: Not found in Milam Co., TX [5]

Entered Service: 10 Jul 1917 at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas

Overseas Duty: 26 Jul 1918 to 8 Oct 1918

Engagements: Battle of Suippes, Champagne Front

Ship/Unit: Co. C, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Division (sometimes found as 147th Infantry Regiment)

Awards: French Croix de Guerre with Silver Star

Casualty Type: Hostile, killed-in-action

Cause of Death: machine-gun, small arms fire

Casualty Location: 6-kilometers northwest of Somme, Py. Champaigne Front near St. Etienne, France

Soundex Code: C-644

Census: 1900 Federal Census [6]; Not found in 1910 Federal Census - Texas

Parents: William Penn Carlile and Mary Anders Carlile at Rockdale, Texas

Brothers: James Wallis Carlile (killed-in-action, U.S. Army, World War I), George Carlile, William Cullen Carlile

Sisters: Mary Rebecca "Mollie" Carlile Spence (Mrs. C. I.), Louise "Lou" Carlile Cunningham (Mrs. R. A.), Boliver Carlile, Johnnie Carlile Berger Bushman, Catherine "Kate" Carlile Merchant (Mrs. J. A.), Green Carlile Johnson

Paternal Grandparents: William Penn Carlile and ______________ Carlile

Maternal Grandparents: John D. Anders and Nancy Gilleland Anders

Wife: None

Children: None

Burial: 13 or 14 Oct 1918, Battlefield Cemetery, St. Etienne-A-Arnes, Ardennes, France, U.S. Army Cemetery No. 718 (Grave No. 47, Avery sketch No. 30) reported by Chaplain C. D. Bowman

Disinterred: 16 Jun 1919

Re-Burial: 16 Jun 1919, Argonne American Cemetery, (U.S. Army Cemetery No. 1232) at Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Dept. of Meuse, France (Plot 2, Sec. 85, Grave No. 96)

Disinterred: 5 Aug 1921

Re-Burial: ____ Oct, 1921, Hamilton Chapel Cemetery, near Rockdale, Texas

Arrangements: U.S. Government

Military Escort: Private First Class Edgard J. Sparple, Co. A, 23rd Infantry Regiment

Milam County War Memorial: Left Panel

Note: Also found name listed incorrectly as: Hicks R. Carlyle

French Croix de Guerre with Silver Star Citation [7]

"During the combats near St. Etienne October 8-10, 1918, he displayed extraordinary heroism. Was killed while courageously advancing under a violent artillery and machine gun fire."

In a report filed by Sergeant Chester A. Griffin (Service No.: 1,487,291), Co. C, 141st Infantry, he stated that Pvt. Carlile was killed the morning of 8 Oct 1918, by machine-gun fire. He was shot 12 or 15 times in the face and breast. He was buried near the spot he was killed. Location: about 6-kilometers northwest of Somme, Py. Champaigne Front.

The French Croix de Guerre was established on 8 April 1915. Criteria: During World War I, the French Croix de Guerre was awarded for bravery to military personnel mentioned in dispatches. Recipients of the Légion d'Honneur and Médaille Militaire were automatically entitled to the Croix de Guerre. For subsequent acts of bravery, the recipient was awarded a palm leaf for Army citations, a gold star for Corps citations, a silver star for Division citations or a bronze star for Brigade and Regimental citations.

"Two Carlile Boys Killed in France" [8]

It has fallen to the lot of Milam county mother, Mrs. W. P. Carlile, of the Hamilton Chapel community, four miles south of Rockdale, to receive the heart-breaking news that she had lost two sons in battle in Northern France.

Both boys were killed on the same day, October 8. Mrs. Carlile was notified Nov. 9 of the death of one, and again on Nov. 13 she received a telegram from the War Department advising her of the death of her other son.

These young heroes were both born in the Hamilton Chapel community. Corporal James W. Carlile was 36 years old on Aug. 27, last. He was above the draft age and volunteered in June 1917 at Houston. He was trained at Camp Bowie.

Hicks R. Carlile was 25 years old July 11, last. He registered on June 5, 1917, but volunteered into service the following month, having received a release from draft call by the Local Board. He also was trained at Camp Bowie, and was assigned to Co. C, 141st Infantry, Both boys left with the 36th Division in July, 1918.

Both were evidently in the same command and were killed on the same day in the same battle.

This afternoon, Mayor H. C. Meyer, on hearing the news, called hurriedly together a meeting of Rockdale business men at the Rockdale State Bank, where he told of the two fatalities, and suggested that some suitable action be taken. Upon motion the meeting proceeded in column of two to the city flag pole, where, with heads uncovered the flag was lowered to half mast. After standing in silence a moment, Rev. M. N. Terrell offered a word of prayer, in dismissal. This was quite an appropriate acknowledgment by Rockdale citizens of the inbedtedness felt toward the heroes who had paid the supreme sacrifice for the cause of freedom.

The Reporter joins with all its readers in extending a bereaved mother a tender and sincere sympathy.

"Two Rockdale Soldiers Who Died in Their Country's Cause" [9]

Above is reproduced the latest photograph of the two Carlile boys who were killed on the same day in the same battle October 8, 1918, "somewhere in France." The one on the left is Private Hicks Carlile, age 25. The other is Corporal James W. Carlile, age 36. Both volunteered in the summer of 1917. Both were members of Company Co, 141st Infantry. They were both trained at Camp Bowie; went to France together and stayed together through all the hardships of the war, finally laying down their lives together in the cause of liberty.

These noble lads were both born and raised in the Hamilton Chapel community four miles south of Rockdale being the sons of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Carlile.

Herewith we reproduce letters written by them to their mother. Neither letter was dated, but both were written before they reached the front line.

Somewhere in France

Dear Mother--This is Sunday morning and leaves us both well and doing fine. We are having a nice time considering everything. Of course we don't know much of the language they talk over here but we have lots of fun trying to talk to them anyway.

I wish you could see this country. It's a sight to see how they live here. All the houses are made of rock and you never see a house along the road like in our country. Everybody live in town or what they call town. It's just a few houses in a place and every house has something to sell. They have peddlers here like we used to have over there. And it is a common sight to see a man going down the road with from one to three dogs to a car although they have some fine horses and cows. I haven't seen a hog since I have been here, but I see pork in the wagons they drive around so I know there must be some hogs here somewhere.

We got two Reporters the other day. They were July numbers but they were news to us. It is just like seeing some one from home. We got two letters this morning that you wrote us while we were at Camp Upton.

We sure had fun while we were crossing the Pond. The water was a sight to look at. We were out several days that we didn't see land and "believe me" that was a proud gang when we got in sight of land.

I guess you are all lonesome, since Johnie and Greene left. But maybe you won't have to say by yourself very much longer. Everything sounds might favorable now. Of course we don't know any more about what is going on at the front than you do. But everything seems to be in our favor.

Mother there is a Y.M.C.A. man here by the name of Carlile. Wallis talked with him yesterday. He said he couldn't rake up kinfolks with him I haven't talked with him yet. He doesn't interest me. All that I am after is getting this thing over with and getting back home--I want to do my part to help with the war but old Jack and Daisy would sure look good to me know. Don't think that I am tired of this only I hate to be so far from you all, but you know there comes a time when these things can't be helped and this is one of them. So you take good care of yourself and maybe it won't be long until we meet again.

I seen in the paper where they have raised the draft age. That takes Cull, doesn't it? But they won't take him. Did that get John or not? I sure would like to hear him tell some of his windies.

I haven't had a letter from you since I left the States but I am looking for one on every train. I wish you could see the trains over here. They look like toys to us. They are only half as wide as our trains.

Tell me all about all of the girls and how they are getting along and tell me all that is going on at home. Well, I have told you all I can think of at present, so I will close. Hoping to hear from you soon and my God be with you till we meet again.

Your loving Hicks,

PVT. Hicks Carlile, Co. C, 141 Inf. American Ex. Forces, via N.Y.

"Rockdale Boys killed in Action Honored by French Government" [10]

Mrs. W. P. Carlile, who lives in the Hamilton Chapel community four miles south of Rockdale, was adivsed recently and later received from the French War Department two Croix de Guerre awarded to her two sons, Pvt. Hicks R. Carlile and Corp. James W. Carlile, who died on a French battlefield. The citation is as follows:

"Displayed extraordinary heorism during the combts near St. Etienne, October 8-10. Was killed while courageously advancing under violent artillery and machine gun fire.

Dated April 2, 1919, The Marshal of France, Commander in Chief of the French Armies of the Least.


The citation for Corporal J. W. Carlile reads in a like manner.

These are the first awards for distniguished services received by any Rockdale soldiers and are honors not usually bestowed.

These two brothers were born and raised in the Hamilton Chapel community and had been together throughout their army life. Both volunteered in the summer of 1917 and received their training at Camp Powie, Ft. Worth. They were both members of Co. C, 141st Infantry, going to France together and dying together in the same battle on the same day, October 8th, 1918.

They had only been on the front for two days, taking up their position in the frong line trenches on October 6th. On the morning of the eight an advance was made. Just as he went over the top, Corp. James Carlile was killed. Hicks fell about a half a mile further on. Both died instantly.

In the above picture the one of the right is Corp. James Carlile age 36 years, the one of th eleft, Private Hicks, age 25 years.

The highest honor, praise, or award that could ever be bestowed could not recompense the mother in the loss of these two sons but it must be a source of great pride and consolation to the mother's heart to know that her sons not only died for their country as soldiers but also as recognized heroes.


[1] Haulsee, Texas - p. 290

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

[3] Military Service Card (Form No. 724-6, A.G.O.), Texas Military Forces Museum, Adjutant General of Texas, Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas

[4] No Texas Death Certificate found

[5] WWI Draft Registration, Milam Co., TX, M-1507, Roll 124

[6] Milam Co., TX, T-623, Roll 1657, ED 72, SH 19A, LN 16

[7] Order No. 15.302 "D", dated 2 Apr 1919, General Headquarters, French Armies of the East

[8] Rockdale Reporter, 21 Nov 1918, p. 2

[9] Rockdale Reporter, 5 Dec 1918, p. 10

[10] Rockdale Reporter, 17 Jul 1919, p. __

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