Hervy L. Blaylock

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HERBERT BLAYLOCK OF ELVINS, REPORTED MISSING

Mr. and Mrs. R. Blaylock of Elvins received an official telegram from the War Department a few days ago, saying that their son, Herbert, had been missing in action since September 26.

Young Blaylock had been in the army almost a year and had been in France for several months. He did not obtain a furlough before departing for France and his parents never saw him after he entered the army and went to the training camp.

Published by THE LEAD BELT NEWS, Flat River, St. Francois Co. MO, Dec. 6, 1918.


WAR DEPT. CONFIRMS REPORT OF DEATH
OF ELVINS YOUNG MAN

Mr. and Mrs. R. [Rufus] Blaylock of Elvins, received a telegram a few days ago, from the war department, containing the sad news that their son, Hervy, had been killed in action, in France. There have been many conflicting reports concerning the fate of Young Blaylock who was a member of the 140th Infantry, of the 35th Division, but this last report is considered final. They received a telegram 8 or 10 months ago stating that their son was missing in action. A couple of months later, the war department informed them that Hervy was well and on duty. This second report must have been false, since Mr. and Mrs. Blaylock have never received any word from their son. The report of his death has received what is considered as confirmation, from members of the 140th Infantry, who have recently returned home. Jas. [James] Gordon, who was a member of the 140th, and has recently returned to his home in Bismarck, tells of having seen Hervy Blaylock and Lawrence Vaughn, another Elvins boy whose fate has been uncertain, together with about 50 of their companions in arms, almost completely surrounded by Germans, with no hope of extricating themselves from their perilous position. It is supposed that they were overpowered and killed. Hervy and Lawrence were two among the first young men from Elvins, to offer their services to their country.

Published by THE LEAD BELT NEWS, Flat River, St. Francois Co. MO, May 23, 1919.

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The following poem was found in the same frame as the above certificate.   We believe it may be a poem which Hervy sent home to his mother prior to his death.

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[Note:  His name is on the St. Francois County War Memorial as Henry L. Blaylock]

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