Baxter, Stuart Alexander (S. A.)

Rank Second Lieutenant, First Lieutenant
Unit # 26th, Infantry, AEF
Resident Chatham
Books Of Rememberance Page Available

Son of Mrs. William C. Baxter of 28 Hillard St., Chatham, ON.

Second Lieutenant Stuart A. Baxter trained for three months at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, sailing early in January for France with the American Expeditionary Force. He was wounded in the back July 23rd, 1918 atSoissons and in the battle of the Argonne.

The following was taken from General Orders, France, August 2nd, 1918- during operations 18-23 July 1918, near Soissons… Extract-2nd. Lieutenant S. A. Baxter, 26th. Infantry. Although painfully wounded, displayed coolness and bravery, led his company to its final objective and consolidated his position, refusing to be evacuated.

B.B. Buck,

Brigadier General .N.A.

New York Tribune, June 26th, 1918

Lieutenant Stuart A. Baxter for gallantry in leading a patrol in open daylight and establishing liaison under artillery and machine gun fire. The mission was extremely important.

Lieutenant Baxter received promotion to First Lieutenant October 4th, 1918, and was presented by General Pershing with the Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry at Montdidier, June 5th, 1919, at Soissons, July 21st, 1919, and at Verdun, October 4th, 1919. He was recommended by Col. Theodore Roosevelt for the Medal of Honour.

Discharged at camp Custer, Michigan June 28th, 1919.

He received his honourable discharge from the US Army 29/06/1919 and was working for the Parke, Davis & Co. in Detroit. In September of 1923 he married Florence Annetta Ross of Toledo, Ohio.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Awards DSC(US), Legion of Honour and Croix de Guerre
Sources Chatham Daily Planet (29-06-1918), IODE, Chatham Daily Planet (11-04-1919), Chatham Collegiate Institute, Roll of Honour, Chatham Daily Planet (3/04/19, 13/09/23)
Height 6'
Eye Colour Blue
Age 21
Complexion Fair
Hair Blonde
Race White
Birthplace Brooklyn, New York
Religion Anglican
Last Place of Employment Parke, Davis & Co, Detroit, Michigan
Marital Status Single
When Enlisted August 1917
Where Enlisted Detroit, Michigan
Next of Kin Mother- Mrs. Clara G. Baxter, Chatham. Sister- Eleanor Baxter. Brother- William Baxter.

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