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.

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    The article above was published in the Milford Daily News on
    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 may seem 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 was added
    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.

Vernon Grove Cemetery, Milford