PRIVATE WALTER J. KIRK, of 1838 Fillmore Street, Camden NJ, was killed in action in France on July 29, 1918. He enlisted in Company M, 3rd Regiment, National Guard of Pennsylvania on March 28, 1917. He was sent with his company to guard tunnels when war was declared with Germany. Later he was sent to Camp Hancock GA for training and sailed for France on May 1, 1918. He was 18 years old and had won a sharpshooter's medal. Funeral services were held for him at the Church of the Sacred Heart at Broadway and Ferry Avenue on August 20, 1918.
Walter J. Kirk was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Kirk, of 1838 Fillmore Street, Camden NJ, brothers Thomas and Maurice, and sisters Julia and Isabella. His brother Thomas became the first priest to come out of the Sacred Heart parish, and pastored at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Gloucester City NJ for many years.
After the war had ended, Walter Kirk was returned to the United States, and he was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Delaware Township (present-day Cherry Hill) NJ.
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
Elaborate plans for this ball are under the chairmanship of John S.
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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