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104 History of Parish of St. Augustine, St. Augustine, Pa.

 

     The only fatality occurring to any of the A. E. F. in the late world war was the accidental death of Saddler Robert T. McGough, son of the late James E. McGough and Mrs. Alice Wharton McGough, although there were about twenty-eight young men of the parish in the service of the government, all of whom, however, were not overseas, and some who did not get into the strife, but would have been had the war lasted a few days longer. Following is the official report of the death of Mr. McGough which occurred on February 6, 1919:

Hprs, 113th Co., Trans. Corps.
Camp Guthrie, Montior, APO. 701-A,
Amer. E. F., March 20, 1919.

From: Commanding Officer, 113th Co., Trans. Corps.
To: J. C. McGough.
Subject: Sadler, R. T. McGough.

     I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter of March 5th, 1919, requesting information regarding the death of Sadler, R. T. McGough of Co. 112th Trans. Corps. Sadler McGough met his death through an accident while working in one of the locomotive erecting shops of the 19th Engrs. at St. Nazarre. It was caused by a heavy box of locomotive parts falling from one of the shop cranes directly onto his body. There is every reason to believe that death was instantaneous. Though his body was conveyed immediately to the Hospital by motor car. Sadler McGough's death occurred in the line of duty. The box which caused it had been lifted off a freight car and was being carried down the shop over the line of standing cars for greater safety. McGough was aware that the box was overhead and had stepped near a locomotive standing on the next track, to be a safe distance away. At this point the direction of the box was changed to across the shop. McGough was however apparently unaware of this change for he suddenly stepped out from beside the engine to underneath the box. The whole thing was instantaneous. There was not an instant to give, warning. The box collapsing and falling from its supports the moment that McGough stepped under it. He was buried with military honors in the American cemetery in the country a short distance from St. Nazarre. His death made a profound impression on


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