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Crandell, Marion G.

GIVEN A SOLDIER’S BURIAL

FIRST AMERICAN WOMAN KILLED AT THE FRONT A Y.M.C.A. WORKER.

Miss Marion G. Crandell of Alameda, Cal., Was Struck b a Shell—Her Traveling Companion Died in Paris Air Raid.

From the European Edition of the New York Herald.

Miss Marion G. Crandell, whose home was in Alameda, Cal., is the first American Y.M.C.A. worker to be killed on the line of battle. News has been received in Paris of her death and burial.

Miss Crandell was a worker in the Foyer Du Soldat at Sainte-Menehould. She was killed by a shell which burst in her room, tearing off her left hand and inflicting injuries from which she died soon afterwards. She was buried in a French military cemetery, being the only woman interred in this spot where thousands of French soldiers have been buried.

Miss Crandell landed in France February 15. She was a companion on the voyage of Miss Winona Martin, the Y.M.C.A. worker who was killed during an air raid on Paris while a patient in a hospital. Miss Crandell was a teacher of French in the Episcopal Convent at Davenport, Ia., prior to her coming to France. She was educated in the United States and in France. She was born in Cedar Rapids, Ia., in 1872.

The appended letter was received in Paris recently from the director in charge of the Foyer du Soldat work in the vicinity where Miss Crandell was engaged in her labors:

“Miss Crandell, our directress at S—, was struck by a shell yesterday, before her Foyer. The first shell fell on the Foyer, and a second one, soon after, in the room of Miss Crandell. Miss Crandell was struck on the arm and neck by parts of the shell. She was taken immediately to the ambulance, and died without recovering consciousness.

“The American director of the Foyer at La Grande au Bois, arranged for a military carriage to come for her. A chaplain of the army corps held a service in the little hut, as a chapel, draped in black. There was also there the coffin of a soldier who had been killed. Thus Miss Crandell, who came to France to serve the French soldiers, was treated as a soldier, with the same honors as for those who fell fighting. A large flag with the three colors covered her bier, and some friends had brought a crown and flowers. The same carriage and horses which are used for the soldiers, passing by side streets to avoid the shells, took her body to the military cemetery. This was indeed her place, beside six thousand tombs of soldiers ‘dead for the country’, Miss Crandell had ‘died for France.’ The head doctor tells me that this is the first woman buried in this vast cemetery the very sight of which moves the heart.

“The discourse of the chaplain was punctuated by the cannon. The speaker recalled that the evening before the catastrophe a Catholic aumonier visiting the Foyer asked if she were not afraid. Miss Crandell replied; ‘Oh, no; I pray, and after that I have no more fear.”

Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO 1 May 1918



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