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Somerville, Claude D. (P1, C3, L16)

somerville Claude HeadstoneClaude D. Somerville, 19, of Portland, Tennessee, took ill on 7 March 1917 and was admitted to the Louisville city hospital where he perished on 25 March 1917 from surgical complications. He apparently became ill with measles and later developed pneumonia while still on federal active duty on Mexican Border service. He somewhat recovered from the pneumonia only to became ill from emphysema which led to an “acute dilation of the heart due to general septicemia” an infection of the blood. He enlisted in Company M of the 3rd Infantry Regiment of the Kentucky National Guard in Franklin, Kentucky on 13 October 1916. Portland is only 11 miles from Franklin. He died shortly after returning from federal active duty on the Mexican Border during the Punitive Expedition. He was laid to rest in the Somerville Cemetery in Robertson County, Tennessee.

    Returned Soldier Dies At The City Hospital

    The Courier-Journal 26 March 1917 page 10

    Several Companies of the First Regiment To Escort Body To Union Station To-day. Claude Somerville, of Portland, Tenn., died at the city hospital early yesterday morning following a surgical operation. Somerville was 19 years old, and a member of the Third Regiment, K. N. G. He was transferred to the city hospital upon his return from the border March 7, suffering from measles. He later developed pneumonia, and upon his recovery became ill of emphysema. The body was taken to the undertaking establishment of L. D. Bax. It will be taken to the Tenth street station this morning at 10 o’clock, escorted by the First Regiment band, and several companies of the First Regiment. Somerville enlisted in the Third Regiment at Franklin, Ky. He is survived by his father, his mother and several sisters.

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