Taps Sounded For Honolulu Boy Who Joined Gas Corps
GEORGE K. DWIGHT
George K. Dwight, a Honolulu boy, who left here in December to join the gas and flame corps of the American army, died last Sunday, Jan. 27, in a hospital at Annapolis, Maryland.
News that her son was dead was received this morning by Mrs. Ellen H. Dwight of 1543 Makiki street in an official cable from the military authorities. It reads:
“Annapolis, Maryland, Jan. 28, 1918.
Regret to advise that your son passed away yesterday at hospital. Kindly advise immediately what disposition you wish made of his remains.
“Captain, 30th Engineers.”
Word of his death came as a great shock to friends and relatives of the young soldier, as letters received only yesterday stated that he was in the best of health and enjoying his training. He had not been bothered by the cold weather, he said, though the two other Honolulu boys who left with him, James Makinney and Arthur Gilman, were suffering intensely from it.
The cause of young Dwight’s death is not known yet, but it is thought probable that he contracted pneumonia. A message sent from here today asks that his remains be cremated and the ashes sent to Honolulu for burial.
George was born in Honolulu and was 27 years of age. He was a graduate of McKinley high school and for the last five or six years had been employed with the firm of Leweres & Cooke. Out of respect to his memory the flag on their building was lowered today to half-mast.
The young man was one of the first to enlist here for service when a call for the gas and flame corps was issued from the army engineer’s office this winter. He left Honolulu on the December transport and went first to Angel Island for training, thence on Jan. 2 to Fort Myer, Virginia, where technical and physical training for this highly specialized branch of the service was begun.
Besides his mother, Mrs. Ellen Dwight, the young soldier is survived by two sisters, Bernice and Ellen, of Thompson & Cathcart, and three brothers, James A. Dwight of Lewers & Cooke, Joseph L. Dwight with the Associated Oil Co., and Charles B. Dwight, with Thompson & Cathcart.
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(Star-Bulletin, 1/29/1918, p. 1)