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
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