Liles, William C. (P1, C2 L19)
First Sergeant William C. Liles, 32, of Ohio County, Kentucky, Company H, Third Kentucky Infantry of Hartford, Ohio County, Kentucky, died on 20 February 1917 after a three week illness with pneumonia at the Fort Bliss Base Hospital #2 while on active federal duty near El Paso, Texas. Liles joined Company H when it was formed in 1906. Liles listed his occupation as farmer. He was buried at the Mount Herman Methodist Church in No Creek, Ohio County.
Hartford Soldier Dies on Border
Sergeant W. C. Liles Victim Of Pneumonia - Farmer In Civil Life.
Hartford Republic, 23 February 1917 Page 3
News was received in Hartford Wednesday morning that Sergeant W. C. Liles, who had been ill several days with pneumonia had died at Ft. Bliss, Texas.
The death of Sergeant Liles was a great shock to his many friends in and around Hartford, where he was well known and well liked. Sergeant Liles, in civil life, was a farmer, and lived about five miles north of Hartford. He had been a member of Co. H, since its organization in 1906 — had risen to the rank of First Sergeant, and was in line for promotion to Second Lieutenant when death claimed him.
The remains of Sergeant Liles arrived at Beaver Dam at 4 o’clock Sunday morning, and was met there by the pall-bearers from the local Masonic Lodge of which he was a member. Arriving in Hartford about 6 o’clock, the body, accompanied by a large number of Masons and friends left here about 9 o’clock for Mt. Herman where the burial took place.
The funeral was conducted by Rev. Harper and the local lodge of Masons at 12 o’clock.
The floral tributes were beautiful and especially so that of Company H, which was a large blanket made into an American flag.
The body of Sergeant Liles was accompanied from Ft. Bliss by his fellow soldier, Forest Hudson.
Besides his mother, Sergeant Liles leaves two brothers, Richard, of Kansas City, Mo., and Leman Liles, and two sisters, Mrs. Lonnie Hoover, and Mrs. C. B. Shown, wife of Captain Shown.