Joseph Henry McGill
September 6,1888 - October 19, 1918
GOLD STAR HONOR ROLL
- Indiana Historical Commission. Indiana World War Records: Gold Star Honor Roll, A Record of Indiana Men and Women
who died in the service of the United States and the Allied Nations in the World War, 1914-1918. Indianapolis, IN, USA: Indiana Historical Commission, 1921.
Son of Harry and Rose McGill(deceased); born September 6, 1888, Weir, Cherokee County, Kan. Moved to Jennings County, Ind., in 1900.
Glassworker. Entered service October 4, 1917, North Vernon, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C. Went overseas in May 1918;
assigned to Company G, 120th Infantry, 30th (Old Hickory) Division. Killed in action October 19, 1918, near St. Quentin, during the Somme Offensive. (Place
of burial unknown.)(Hillcrest North Vernon).
Local Newspaper Clippings on Joseph McGill.
North Vernon Plain Dealer - November 21, 1918
JOSEPH McGILL KILLED IN ACTION
Following the rejoicing over the end of the war came the crushing news to Mrs. Hazel McGill of the death of her husband who was killed while in
action with the American Expeditionary Forces in France, October 19th.
Joseph McGill came to this city fourteen years ago to take employment at the Glass Factory. He was employed as blower and later became a
stockholder in the Co-operative Entrprise Glass Company, which owns and operates the factory. On the 28th of June 1917, he was married to Miss Hazel Zimmerman and
September 1917 he left with one of the first increments of drafted men for Camp Taylor, Ky., where he received his military training. He sailed with the 335th
Regiment Infantry, for France early in the summer and had been in the front line fighting for several months. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, and
was thirty years of age. Besides his wife, he is survived by one sister, Mrs. John Weithous of this city and two brothers, Frank McGill, of this city, and John
McGill, of Greenwood, Arkansas.
The city flag is floated at half mast in his memory and the hearts of the citizens of North Vernon are saddened by the news of his death,
for he was known and liked by a host of friends and especially by his fellow workers at the Glass Factory. The young wife and sister and brother have the heartfelt
sympathy of the community and his memory and the memory of all his comrades who have made the supreme sacrifice will be honored for all time for their part in
bringing about the victory and peace over which we have so recently rejoiced. To them is due the greatest honor, esteem and reverance for the sacrifice they have
made for us all.
North Vernon Plain Dealer - April 20, 1922
Joseph McGill Buried with Military Honors
Military funeral service for Joseph H. McGill, a hero of the World War, was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, at two o'clock Sunday afternoon.
The burial took place in St. Mary's Cemetery. Rev. A. J. Sprigler officiated at the church service and also at the service at the cemetery. Requiem High Mass for the
deceased was held at St. Mary's Church, Monday morning.
Jennings County Post of The American Legion, ex-service men, city officials and members of the local branch of the American Glass Workers Union
formed a procession, which headed by the American Flag and the North Vernon Band, met the funeral cortage and marched with it to the church. After the church service,
the procession formed again and marched to the cemetery where as the body was lowered, the band played, the firing squad fired the last salute and the bugle sounded taps.
Joseph McGill went with the second increment of drafted men to Camp Taylor, October 4th, 1917. He went overseas with the 120th Infantry of the
30th Division and was killed in action in France, October 19, 1918. He was thirty years old, was a glass worker and also a stockholder in the Co-operative Enterprise
Glass Company, of this city. The surviving relatives are his widow, Mrs. Hazel McGill, one brother, Frank McGill and one sister Mrs. John Weithaus all of this city.
Although the passage of more than three years since his death has served to dull the keen edge of grief of his loved ones, still Joseph McGills
memory is held dear not only by his relatives but by his many friends and the memory of him as a hero who made the supreme sacrifice in humanity's cause will be
cherished by the people of the county throughout the years to come.
The body was escorted from New York to this city by Private Earl Schweigert, of Company B., 34th Infantry, of Fort Hamilton, New York.
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