Memorial Corner
O'Fallon, Illinois
June 2006
Pvt. Philip W. Fritz
United States Army
World War I


Philip W. Fritz was born August 14, 1896 on a farm in O’Fallon Township, the son of
Mr. & Mrs. Philip Fritz.  He spent his boyhood days at home on the farm until 1916
when he went to work near Springfield, Illinois.  He entered the Army in June 1918
and was assigned to the infantry.  He trained at Camp Shelby,
Mississippi and was later transferred to Camp Dix, New Jersey.  In October, he
boarded a troop ship headed for Liverpool, England.  While on board, he was
stricken with influenza which developed into pneumonia.  When the ship arrived in
England, he was transferred to the American Rest Camp Hospital, Number 40 at
Knotty Ash where he died on November 7, 1918—4 days before the end of World
War I.  He was initially buried in Everton Cemetery, Liverpool with full military
honors.  Later, his remains were brought back to Illinois and buried at College Hill
Cemetery, Lebanon on September 7, 1920.  He was survived by his parents, seven
brothers, one sister and a grandmother.  He was 22 years old.  

He gave his life that we might live free!

Memorial Corner Flag Raising, June 3, 2006
Sponsored by the O’Fallon Woman’s Club
Biography and photo courtesy of the O’Fallon Historical Society
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