Sunday, May 24, 2009

Crayne's World War I Hero

Ellis B Ordway, First Crittenden Countian Killed in WW I

Ellis B Ordway was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Ordway, of Crayne. He was a member of the Crayne Cumberland Presbyterian Church, as were his parents.

Although he died on June 28, 1917, his body wasn't able to be sent home until April 1921. The Crittenden Press headlines read, Remains of Overseas Hero Brought Home.

Ellis Ordway was a volunteer in the World War, Having enlisted in June 1917 and was sent to Columbus, Ohio where he was kept in training for only a short time, going over seas in the last of June. He was in Co. A. 16th Infantry.

His comrades speak of him as a brave soldier. He was sent to the front to Argonne Forest, where he was wounded twice by a machine gun in the right leg on the 17th day of July and died the 28th from his wounds.

His body arrived in Crayne Tuesday morning from overseas and the funeral was conducted in the presence of a large crowd of sympathetic friends. The body was laid to rest in the Crayne Cemetery.

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