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Tonight, while doing some random research on the web, I came across the most incredible story about the William Yerks, brother to James Leroy Yerks I and Ralph Yerks. James L Yerks I did not serve in World War I, but William and Ralph did. Ralph Yerks was killed in action in France on 13 Sep 1918 and is buried over there. That makes this story even more incredible.
Take a look in the upper left had corner of the newspaper. Look for the article entitled “HER SON, THOUGHT DEAD, IS ALIVE IN A FRENCH HOSPITAL”. The newspaper does incorrectly identify Williams mother as Mrs. James Yerks. It should have read Mrs George Yerks.
- The Putnam County Courier (Friday, July 18, 1919)