Walter Hopkins Tillotson
Killed in action 27 Aug., 1918 [before Bazoches].
Ent. 26 Feb., 1918, 151st D.B.; trans, 16 March to M.G. Co., 306th Inf., 77th Div. Overseas 8 April, 1918.
Born 12 Nov. 1894, at Hopedale, son of Horace Almon (died 1909) and Hattie Estella (Hopkins)
Tillotson; brother of Grace Almira (wife of John P. Hill), Hattie Jane (wife of Albert F. Lawless), and
Bertha Ella (wife of William R. Hill). All of Framingham. Machinist. Post 267, A.L., Hopedale, named in
his honor. The Gold Star Record of Massachusetts, 1929.
October 4, 1918. I looked through the paper into the first
couple of months of 1919 but didn't find anything more on him.
Eventually I found the brief articles below in a Bancroft Library
binder of Milford Gazette clippings.
It seems a bit strange than in the same paper, he was
reported missing in one article and killed a bit further down
the column. It's probably because the Gazette was a weekly
paper. The story of Tillotson being missing came in one day,
and the type may have been set. Then before it was printed,
the news that he had been killed arrived. That went it without
removing the earlier story.
Of the seven Hopedale servicemen who died in World War I,
Tillotson was the only one who died in combat. The American
Legion post in Hopedale was named in his honor.
Walter's brother, Horace, died two years before he did.