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wiliams albert b KYNG cropedWilliams, Albert B. (P1, C3, L22)

Private Albert Benoia Williams, 18, of Shelbyville, Shelby County, died of wounds he received when he struck by a passing train while on active duty at Elihu near Somerset, Pulaski County, on 25 July 1917 while serving with Company K, 1st Kentucky Infantry Regiment of the Kentucky National Guard.

Williams was standing guard at a railroad bridge. The corporal of the guard who found Williams stretched out on the floor of the bridge unconscious with a fractured skull. It was believed he stepped from one set of tracks to let a train pass on the double tracks and stepped in front of another train traveling in the opposite direction on the other set of tracks. He perished from his injuries approximately an hour and a half later. He enlisted in the Kentucky National Guard on 4 June 1917.  His brother, Charles Filmore Williams was also serving in Company K.

See Kentucky Guard Railroad Related Fatalities 1917-18

Private Albert B. Williams was born in Shelby County, February 27, 1899. He is buried in the Grove Hill Cemetery Shelbyville, Pumphouse Section, Row 1AW, Space 11.

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    Guard Killed Basis of Suit

    The Courier-Journal Sep 14, 1917 Page 3

    $20,000 Asked for Death of Soldier Killed by Train

    Nicholas Man Thought to be Prisoner of Germans

    Fallen Jury Disagrees

    Special to the Courier-Journal

    Shelbyville, Ky., Sept. 13 - Lee Williams, as administrator of Albert Williams, a private in Company K, 1st Kentucky Regiment, who was killed by a train while on guard duty in Pulaski county, filed suit in Shelby Circuit Court today against the Southern Railway Company for $20,000 damages. Gross negligence on the part of the defendant company is alleged in the petition.

    wiliams albert b KYNGSoldier Killed by Train at Tyrone

      Web Master's Note: Tyrone is in Anderson County. Research has not revealed why this initial newspaper report said the accident happened in Anderson County rather than Pulaski County. No records or accounts of any deaths on that date in Anderson County have been found.

    Lexington Leader  July 25, 1917

    Private Albert Williams was From Shelbyville and a Member of First Regiment on Guard Duty

    Private Albert Williams, Company K, First Kentucky Infantry, whose home was at Shelbyville, was killed by a train at a bridge near Tyrone on the Southern Railway system at 12:25 o’clock this morning, according to advices received at brigade headquarters here.

    No particulars were contained in the message further than to say he was struck by southbound passenger train No. 13, He was with a detachment from the First Regiment guarding railway property in the neighborhood of Tyrone.

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