Monday, January 30, 2012

Mystery Monday - Probe of Veteran's Death

In my last post on Edward Creeden, I had just received his service records from the Canadian Expeditionary Forces, where he served and was wounded in WWI.

One of the records had  "Deceased - 14 - 2 - 1937" written in red across it, but there was no other information about any records kept on Edward after his discharge in 1919. It didn't appear that he received a pension from the CEF, so it was a mystery to me as to how the CEF was informed of his death.

Proceedings of Discharge

Edward Creedon Death Certificate
This death certificate for an Edward Creedon in Newport, KY doesn't give much identifying information, but the age is correct and the date of death matches the CEF form.

I wasn't 100% sure that this was my Edward until I discovered an index to two articles published in the Kentucky Post shortly after his death:

1. Probe of veteran's death is pushed
Subjects:  Veterans (World War, 1914-1918) - Creeden, Edward
Creeden, Edward
coroners - Campbell County - Helmbold, August M. (Dr.)
Newspaper:  Kentucky Post
Date:  16 Feb 1937

2. War vet identified
Subjects:  Creeden, Edward
Veterans (World War, 1914-1918) - Creeden, Edward
Newspaper:  Kentucky Post
Date:  17 Feb 1937

I found these in an online index of the Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index, made available through the Kenton County Public Library.

So, the plot thickens. What happened to Edward? I have requested copies of the articles from the library and I'm impatiently waiting for the "up to 30 days" to hear a response!

Editing to add that I received the articles in the mail today!  From the articles, Edward was not known locally and was tentatively identified from papers he had on him. The article mentioned that he was a Canadian War Veteran. I'm guessing he had some identification from the CEF and this led them to contact his brother Charles Creeden since he was listed as next of kin on Edward's CEF papers. That would also explain how the CEF got news of his death. The articles stated that Charles Creeden was Postmaster of Celina, OH, so this was definitely my Edward. According to one of the articles, Charles came to Kentucky to identify Edward and said that he hadn't seen him in 35 years. It was confirmed that Edward died of natural causes. There are still some mysteries surrounding Edward, but at least this one is solved!

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