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Re: John Horrocks, 1900, Michigan
Posted by: Nancy Chaplin (ID *****5949) Date: April 02, 2011 at 09:14:42
In Reply to: Re: John Horrocks, 1900, Michigan by Sandra Horrocks of 299

I found this in the Ionia migenweb page. Mrs. otto is the widow of Thomas Horrocks who died in 1925 or there abouts.
Thomas was the son of John and Geraldine Horrocks.
http://ionia.migenweb.net/military/WWII.htm

Horrocks, Kenneth
Horrocks, Elton
IONIA COUNTY BROTHERS IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY PARTED BY DEATH-Pvt. Kenneth Horrocks , 20, reported killed in action in the southwest Pacific on November 5, and his brother, Elton Horrocks, 21, both of Easton, left Ionia together in October, 1940, and presumably have been together since, both being with the American forces in the Australian area of the southwest Pacific in the same unit. Both attended Ionia high school and both took up farming on completion of their schoolwork. Sons of Mrs. Claud Otto of Easton, and the late Thomas Horrocks, who died when Kenneth was two years of age, they were together in childhood, through school, at work, and in their military careers until death separated them in military action.

IONIA SOLDIER KILLED IN ACTION ‘SOMEWHERE IN SOUTHERN PACIFIC’-Ionia county’s first known “Killed in action” casualty of World war two was recorded here Monday with word that Pvt. Kenneth William Horrocks, 20, son of Mrs. Claude Otto, of Easton township had lost his life from Japanese gunfire in the South Pacific war zone. Word of Pvt. Horrocks’ death in action was relayed to Mrs. Otto from Horrocks’ wife, formerly Rosalie Cailleteau of Alexandria, Louisiana, late last week. The following is the telegram received by Mrs. Horrocks: “The secretary of war desires me to express his deep regret that your husband, Kenneth W. Horrocks, was killed in action in defense of his country in southwest Pacific area on November 5. Letter follows. The Adjutant General ” Pvt. Horrocks left Ionia in October, 1940. He was mustered into service before war was declared and was in training in Louisiana. Mrs. Otto received a letter from Kenneth dated November 2, three days before he was killed. It was a typical soldier letter which ended “I hope this finds you and the family in the best of health. As ever, your loving son, Ken.” Four letters, all of them written only a short time before November 5, were received from Kenneth during the past month. Pvt. Horrocks was born May 1, 1922, in Evergreen township, Montcalm County. He moved to Ionia when one year of age with his parents and when he was two years of age his father died. Before being called into active army service Pvt. Horrocks spent nine years living with his other at Prairie Creek and then moved to Ionia City. He attended Ionia high school. On December 10, 1941, Pvt. Horrocks was married to Miss Rosalie Galleteau at Alexandria, Louisiana. She was a resident of Alexandria. Surviving besides the wife are his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Otto, a brother, Pvt. Elton Horrocks, who is also in the southwest Pacific and probably saw action when his brother was killed; two other brothers, Otis of Gwinn and Otto of Lyons; a sister, Zelphia, at home, two half-sisters, Lois and Deloris, at home, a half-brother, Francis, at home, three stepsisters, Mrs. D.L. Sweet of Fenwick, Mrs. Harley Rhoades of South Haven, and Mrs. Russell Chambers of Ypsilanti.




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