First Soldier's Remains Come Home in 1921


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 3/31/1921 and 4/7/1921.


Soldier's Remains Brought Back from France

The remains of Jesse Roach, a popular young man of Rocksdale, who gave up his life for his country in France more than two years ago were brought back to his old home Saturday and consigned to their last resting place Sunday afternoon.

The young man was a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Roach of near Rocksdale and died from influenza on November 3rd, 1918, just a few days before the Armistice was signed.  He was in the battle line when the dread disease attacked him and died on his way back to the hospital.

Previous to his entrance into the army, Mr. Roach was a teacher and was one of the most popular in the profession.  He was recognized wherever known as a young man of the highest character and his death was a grievous shock to family and many friends.  He was about twenty-three years old at the time of his death.

His remains were brought to Rocksdale Saturday and were interred in the (illegible) near that place Sunday afternoon, appropriate services being held.  The vast crowd which attended attested the high respect and esteem in which he was held in his home community.

The arrival of the body of Mr. Roach marks the first of the noble dead from Calhoun county to be returned from the now peaceful poppy fields of France.  Soon will others follow.  The fanfare of bugles and drums is not necessary to perpetuate a remembrance of the noble deeds of these boys.  They are enshrined in the hearts of their countrymen and memories of them will always be dear.

Jessie Roach, son of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Roach, of near Rocksdale, died of influenza at a hospital in France November 3rd, 1918.  He was brought back home for burial Sunday and the remains were interred Sunday at 2:30 o'clock.  Mr. Roach was twenty-three years old when he died.  He was known as a most excellent young man and was popular in his home community and was loved by many friends.  In addition to his parents he is survived by the following brothers and sisters:  Mrs. Forest Carr, Mrs. Dick Church, Mrs. Van Mace, Mrs. Clint Mace, of Spencer, Mrs. Ed Hall, Mrs. Everett Kerby who has preceded Jessie to the grave many years ago, Joseph and Earn, of Rocksdale, Jack, of Adam, George and Dan, at home.