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Clyde Lorraine Allison
McLean County, Illinois

[McLean County, Illinois, in the World War, 1917-1918; by Edward E. Pierson & Jacob Louis Hasbrouck c 1921]
(Transcribed by: Teri Moncelle Colglazier)

McLean County roll of the honored dead is sadly long. About one hundred and sixty made the supreme sacrifice for their country [during WWI]. The publishers made every effort to secure a biographical sketch and picture of each.

Clyde Lorraine Allison of Lexington, was one of the boys who succumbed to influenza, dying in a hospital at Camp Mills October 24, 1918. Lobar pneumonia followed the influenza. His wife was with him twelve days before his death. The 31st division, with which he was connected, sailed for France the day before his death.

Clyde Lorraine Allison went out of McLean county with the draft contingent of June 24, 1918. At Camp Wheeler he was assigned to headquarters company of the 124th infantry.

Only a week before going to Camp, on June 18, he had been married to Miss Ella Jackson of Havana. Clyde was born at Orange, Fayette county, Indiana, and had lived there until he came to Lexington four years before he entered the service. At Lexington he worked on various farms. His parents lived at Falmouth, Ind., where the body was taken for burial.

A boy baby was born to Mrs. Allison on March 26, 1919, at the home of her parents in Havana, where she had gone after her husband's death. She afterward returned to Chicago to resume her work as a nurse. In a letter to the young wife concerning her husband's death, Lieut. Roderick wrote:

"Private Clyde Allison was an excellent soldier, who was universally liked by his officers and fellow soldiers, and his untimely death is a source of genuine sorrow to all. His death occurred in the line of duty, and is no less honorable than had it occurred on the field of battle."


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