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Schuyler County, Illinois

Roscoe H. Burnside
Transcribed by Kathy Harris

Published    January 20, 1921

Final Taps for World War Veteran

With the passing from earthly life of Roscoe H. Burnside, on Saturday night, Jan 8th, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Burnside have been doubly bereft in the loss of two brave young sons, both of whom were soldiers in the late war.

On Monday afternoon impressive funeral services, conducted by Homer Tanner, were held from the Fairfield Church and the remains tenderly borne to the Rushville Cemetery, the following young men who served overseas in the World War.  Acting as pallbearers for their deceased comrade: Charles and Roy Armel, Max Taylor, Roscoe Hodges, James Kelly and Howard Bartlow.

The burial service was in charge of Schuyler Post, American Legion No. 4, under the command of Clyde C. Perry. Captain H.O. Munson and rev. Homer Tanner offered prayer at the grave. The Grand Old Flag, in the hands of Reverend Wilmot, as color bearer, was gently lowered over the grave. as final taps were sounded for the deceased hero; the firing squad fired three volleys of salute for their late commrade.

Robert Roscoe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Burnside, was born in Bainbridge Township, Sept. 29, 1883; died at the home of his parents, near the same place, Jan. 8, 1921; age 37 years 3 months and 8 days.  He spent most of his life at the place of his birth.  Thirteen years he spent in the west, prior to his entering the army.

He enlisted at Reno, Nevada, Dec. 14, 1917, going from there to Camp Greene, N.C. where he remained in training until May 14, when he was sent to Camp Merrit and from there to France, landing May 31st.  he was injured four days later and never recovered from this.  He was sent back to the U.S. landing at New Port News, Sept. 1st.  He was kept at .Rahway, NJ. for treatment and was discharged March 14, 1919.

He went again to Reno, Nev., in April 1920 and returned home Nov 12th of the same year.  It was then apparent his health was fast falling.

He leaves father, mother, four sisters and two brothers, a brother Thomas H. dying in service at LeMans, France Nov 2, 1921; Ralph at the age of 8 years, and a sister dying in infancy.
He was of cheerful disposition, always making friends with every acquaintance and especially in his last illness the patience with which he bore his suffering showed the brave spirit which prompted him to offer his life for his country.

He expressed his thankfulness many timesin hi s last days of joy, at being at home with his parents.  All that the tender hands of a loving mother could do, was done for this son, and the kind sympathy of father, sisters, brothers and friends surrounded him, so the end came peacefully, Saturday evening at 7:30 




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