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Admin/Biog History Walter Thorne was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1898. He was the son of Robert and Emma M. Thorne. They moved to Oshkosh prior to 1916. He worked as a laborer. Walter enlisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard; saw service on the Mexican Border; promoted to Corporal; company transferred and became Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division during World War I. He was killed in action from massive schrapnel wounds to both legs on July 30, 1918 during the Ourcq River Battles near Servinges and Maronil, France, Chateau Thierry Campaign.{Emma Thorne came to Oshkosh with her husband Robert, son Walter, and at least one other child from Chicago circa 1915. They owned a house at 146 Spruce Street. Her husband worked at Paine Lumber, but was unemployed for almost a year from 1917-1918. They lost there home in 1918 and retuned to Chicago.
Classification Archives
Collection Walter Thorne Collection
Dates of Accumulation January 9, 1918
Abstract Letter from Corporal Walter Thorne, Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division, to his mother, Emma W. Thorne.


Dearest Mother,

Just received your most dear and welcome letter and was sure glad to here from you and that you are all in good health as this leaves me. Have not got the watch as yet and considering that it was registered it may not reach me at all here. They may send it right ahead and then they may hold it the usual time and forward it. Have a notion to write the postmaster and find out.
Sent you a letter just after receiving the Xmas box and I was sure glad to get it and you can also thank the kind people who sent me those presents and they sure were appreciated, you bet. Got quite a few boxes from the girls and friends this year, but here we can not return their kindness, only by saying thanks.
The one thing I wish would come now is that watch and I am anxiously awaiting for each mail always looking for the package.
Well mother as there is not much to write here only that we are all in the best of health and are having a good time. So give my best to all and save most of it for yourself.

Your Loving Son,
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Object ID RG25.4.2
Object Name Letter
People Thorne, Walter
Thorne, Emma M.
Subjects World War I
2nd Wisconsin National Guard
42nd Division
150th Machine Gun Battalion
Title Letter
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