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

Milford Gazette, June 17, 2020