Body Of Hero To Be Buried In This City

Funeral of Private William E. Bross Will Be Held Thursday

The body of Private William E. Bross, who died in France February 10, 1919, arrived in this city on the Mountain express at six o’clock Monday afternoon. The body was brought to this country on the transport “Wheaton” with 5, 212 others, arriving at the pier at Hoboken May 19. Floyd W. Bross father of the young man, received word from the war department May 19 state that the body of his son would be shipped to this city from Hoboken.

William E. Bross entered the service of his country April 19, 1918, and was sent to Camp Dix where he received his training. In August, 1918, he was sent to France as a member of Battalion B, 307th light field artillery, in the 178th division. After going through the horrors of the war without receiving a wound, he died before his division could be taken home. He was taken sick with pneumonia on January 29, 1919, and passed away on February 10. When Private Bross entered the service, he was employed by the Erie Railroad Company as hostler on the ash pit.

William E. Bross was born in the city of Port Jervis June 2, 1889, and was the son of Floyd W. Bross and Mary Ellen O’Grady Bross. His entire life was spent in this city, where he received his education in the public school. He was well known and will be remembered by his acquaintances as a young man of good habits and pleasing personality. He was a member of Washington Camp 26 P.O.S. of A. the surviving relatives are his father, Floyd W. Bross, Sr., of this city, and one brother, Floyd W. Bross, Jr., in the west.

The funeral will be held at the chapel of Terwilliger-Woolsey Company, Thursday afternoon, and will in charge of the P.O.S. of A. and the American Legion. The time will be announced later.

Source: Port Jervis Evening Gazette, May 24, 1921.

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