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Name: Rank: Service: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Date of Enlistment: Place of Enlistment: Age at Enlistment: Trade: Next of Kin: Date of Death: Age at Death:
Gordon Willoughby King
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Gordon Willoughby King Chief Carpenter’s Mate USS Chicago, United States Navy March 1878 Yarmouth, NS June 26, 1914 Boston, Massachusetts 36 Carpenter Lauvinia King (Mother), 88 School St., Mansfield, Massachusetts June 23, 1917 39 Gordon Wiloughby King was the son of Charles Alfred King (1852-1929) and Lauvenia (Andrews) King (1854-1922). His father was born in Carleton, Yarmouth Co., NS; his mother, in Tusket Lakes, Yarmouth County. Gordon’s parents were married in Carleton, Yarmouth County, on May 20, 1877. He was the brother of Blanche Emma (1879-1966), Louise (1881-1976), and Charles Augustus (1883-1945). By 1900, the family was living at 42 Prairie Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts. Gordon was working as a Carpenter. Prior to his World War One naval military service, Gordon served as a Private, Artificer, with Company C of the 5th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry of the US Army. The 5th Massachusetts organized and mustered into the service of the United States at South Framingham, Massachusetts, June 30 to July 2,1898, with 41 officers and 1,230 enlisted men. They served stateside and were demobilized at Camp Wetherhill in Greenville, South Carolina on March 31, 1899. In June of 1914, Gordon enlisted for service in the First World War in Boston, Massachusetts. While serving on the USS Chicago, Gordon was admitted to hospital October 1, 1915 for 24 days at the Naval Hospital Chelsea in Boston, Massachusetts. He was discharged on October 25th and returned to duty. He died in the Naval Hospital in Newport, Rhode Island of a heart condition. The cause of death listed as “Dilation, acute, cardiac”.
Sources: US Adjutant General Military Records, 1631-1976 US Spanish American War Volunteers Index, 1898 5th Massachusetts Infantry