This blog went dark for most of 2018, but the centennial of Armistice Day deserves a remembrance.
Two Pannill brothers died in the final months of World War I. Pfc. George Edmond Pannill, born in 1896 at “Claremont” in Martinsville, Virginia, was killed in action near Soissons about 10 a.m. on July 18, 1918. He lived about two minutes.
That same day, his brother, Pfc. Jeb Stuart Pannill, born in 1897, fighting in the same unit and battle, suffered a wound through the chest. His parents must have named him after our great cousin.
Stuart wrote home that his brother had been slightly wounded. He said he “hoped to be up in a few days.”
But the wound pierced the lung and was mortal. Stuart died August 3, 1918.
The brothers served in the 9th Infantry Regiment, Second Infantry Division.
Their parents were Edmond Johns Pannill (1853-1904) and Mary Eliza Reamey Pannnill (1861-1943).
The couple had no other sons. They did have five daughters.
Both men are buried at the Suresnes America Cemetery and Memorial in France. President Trump spoke there today on the centennial of the Armistice, November 11, 1918. https://youtu.be/sFCMVu5ARrU
Stuart was 20 years old, George 21.
Their mother erected a monument to their memory in Martinsville.
An excellent blog post contains many letters and their photographs. Overthere1.blogspot.com/2018/04/they-were-volunteers-fighting-pannill.htm