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Alfred W. Dilks

Private, United States Army

Company K
114th Infantry Regiment
29th Infantry Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: October 12, 1918
Buried at: 

ALFRED W. DILKS was born around 1896 in New Jersey. When the Census was taken in 1910 he was living with his mother at 819 Fern Street in North Camden, and had gone to work as an office boy in a telegraph office. Alfred W. Dilks later lived at 704 Federal Street in Camden NJ. On March 2, 1914 Alfred W. Dilks enlisted in the 3rd Regiment, New Jersey National Guard. When the Guard was called up in 1917, Alfred Dilks was sent initially to Sea Girt NJ, and then to Camp McClellan in Anniston, Alabama. He was sent overseas as part of Company K, 114th Infantry Regiment in June of 1918.

Private Dilks was killed in action on October 12, 1918 while serving with Company K, 114th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. This unit was part of the attack on German positions near Verdun which began on October 8, 1918. 

The 29th Infantry Division's account record has the following account for October 12 1918:

The 114th Infantry, 29th Division was attached to the 18th French Division, moved from its bivouac in the Cotee des Roches into position in the Ravin de Coassinvaux on the night of the 11th-12th October preparatory to an attack upon the Bois d'Ormont, which the Division had been ordered to make at 0700 hours on the 12th. In conjunction with the 66th French Infantry, the 114th moved to attack at the hour designated.

The objective of the 114th was the enemy line between Bois d'Ormont and Bois d'Moirey. The enemy has established a very strong dug in concrete line of machine guns. The French artillery unit providing preparatory fire had a severe shortage of artillery ammunition. The small amount that was actually fired was placed to far behind the enemy lines*. The artillery had very little effect on the enemy machine gun line and caused very little damage. The 1st Company of the 111th Machine Gun Battalion began its advance on Bois d'Ormont to support the 114th advance but was forced to pull back after only five minutes due to the heavy German Artillery. After just five minutes eleven 111th men were killed.

The 114th eventually made it into Bois d'Ormont but the cost was very high. Six officers and 112 enlisted men were killed, twelve officers and 800 enlisted men were wounded in the engagement.

On October 12, 1918 the Bois d'Ormont was conquered at the cost of 118 casualties. Private Dilks and several other Camden County men were of that number. His death was reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer on October 21, 1918.



Camden Courier-Post - January 20, 1928

GOLD STAR MOTHERS TO ATTEND 
FOREIGN WAR VETERANíS BALL

Gold Star Mothers will be the honor guests at the first annual military ball of the Camden Post, No. 980, Veterans of Foreign Wars, to be held on Friday evening, February 3, in the Elks ballroom, Seventh and Cooper Streets.

Elaborate plans for this ball are under the chairmanship of John S. Pennington.

Invitations have been issued for patrons and patronesses and the list will be announced early next week.

Gold Star Mothers to attend the affair are Mrs. C. Alberger, Mrs. Harriett Ablett, Mrs. Laura Brown. Mrs. A. Crangel, Mrs. A. Cassidey, Mrs. R. Dilks, Mrs. Kate Geist, Mrs. M. Griffen, Mrs. Horace B. Keebler, Mrs. H. Kirk, Mrs. Ross Leahy, Mrs. M. A. Matson, Mrs. M. McGuckin, Mrs. Mary Martin, Mrs. M. Matthews, Mrs. Cooling Pond, Mrs. Oliver Powell*, Mrs. Mary Pennington, Mrs. C. Rolk, Mrs. E. Simons, Mrs. Mary Schucker, Mrs. Margaret Steigerwald, Mrs. Annie Taylor, Mrs. M. Osborn, Mrs. Mary Keegan, Mrs. Anna Kennedy, Mrs. T.C. Young and Mrs. Walters.

Assisting Mr. Pennington in planning this ball are John Rouh, James W. Connor, Charles Bozian, Robert MacMahon, Edward Watson, David Lukoff, Harry Laxton, Edward A. Stark, George Jones, William V. Long, Joseph Keefe, Charles Blank sad Marvel Passwater.

* Newspaper error- Mrs. Oliver Powell was actually Mrs. Oliver Purnell


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*Just another example of how America can always count on the French