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Lawrence V. Timbrook, World War I soldier

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EMPORIA, KANSAS 427. State SX Dec. 30. 1918 Private Lawrence. V. Timbrook. American Expexhitionary Forces. Co  H. 354 Inf. 89 Div The Gazette states, an appeal was made. O. General Woods, for a History. And. Picture of every Indivdual of the 89 Div. and. Also a letter or letters to be sent to William. E. Connelly. Sec, an. State, Historical Society. Topeka, Kan. So I will do the best I can in trying to help and making up my son’s History if this isn’t just the way you want it got up. Pleas drop me a few lines. Also inclose his picture just taken a short time before going to War. [Pleas Send back]

 

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EMPORIA, KANSAS  Lawrence. Vermin, Timbrook. Was born near Braymer, Mo, in 1894. Where he sent his childhood days. Then moved to Cal. In 1912 and in 1913 moved to Emporia, Kan. With his parents. Where he has been. Untill he was called to go to War. Went like a man to Camp Funston Kan. On April 26, 1918. Was there for two o three weeks in 164 Depot Brigade, was Transfered in with the 89 Div. Untrained. Where they was sent to Camp Mills New York.- then sailed or over sea. To England and France, where he was trained for 6 weeks. He was a Private in the ranks of the offenders

 

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EMPORIA, KANSAS 2 of Liberty. And in July went to the Western Front. At St. Mikels went through all that torture. Lived and[XXXXX] shell fire. And Machine Guns. He moved on trucks to Aryomne Forest. Where they run up against Hell for true. Was [XXXXX] on Verdon Front taken prisoner by Germans for a short time, tried to starve him while there would of Starved. But when Peace was declared on the 11. Month. 11 day, 11. Hour, was turned out with 200 other prisoners they walked over 33-mi. walked from dark until dark across the line with out stopping. was all

 

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3 in when they reached their line next letter found him in France. Contrisson at a re-placement Camp. Did not re-turn to his Division. As they had gone on following the Jery, to the Ryhne. Was then trans-fered in the 40 Div. was also transferred in F.O.S. an Sniper and, Scout, in a letter day after Thankgiving Written he had been Gased. And at that time in an Infirmery have not heard from my boy since. Hope to have him back home soon. Again, did not have any picture take withUniform. written by his Mother Mrs S. R. Timbrook.

 

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Dear Father & Mother 1918 Nov 24, Some where in France Contrisson To day is Sunday and haven’t any thing to do- only  sit around in the cold and freeze. So I decided to stop at the Red Cross and write letters. Sure have gathered up some cold the past few days and a cold is certainly hard to git rid of after one gits it. The morn-ings are cold as the very devil but through the day sure is fine. Nice & warm. I suppose its very cold in the States, by this time, well I don’t know where I am going to spend Thanks-Giving

 

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Or Xmas. But expect it will be some where inFrance my division is following Jerry to the [XXXXXX], but I expect they will get a relief and catch a ship. And. Sail home ward bound. Well we are waiting for some more men, and then we move don’t know where. But think to a camp well our division spent a man a day in the trenches. At last we got them on the run. And from there we kept going we moved on trucks Agonni Forest and there we run up against Hell for true. And I was fighting up till the day I was captured on Verdon Front. Well I can say. I was very lucky. I wasn’t a captive Very long and then a bout 200 of us walked across the line. Some were captured 2 days before the [XXXXX] was signed. And Some 2 weeks. It sure surprised me. we could walk across the line and we had some walk, we walk-ed over thirty five miles, and never stopped, walked from dark until dark. But we sure was all in when we

 

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Reached our line. Sure injoyed the fist meal we got and that was corn willywell I think corn willy won the war. Any way they say M. Police and the .M.C.A. and G.W.G.l. won it. Ha, even one is sure tickled over hee any way those that seen the front and went through with all the torment. And lived under shellfire. And Machine guns-well I hope we start for the States soon. And get back in Gods Country hope this find you all well as leaves me very well I send bushels of love to you I remain as ever Laence. A. Timbrook Co H. 354 Inf. Div 89.

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