New York State Archives, NYSA_A3167-78A_B5_Kelly_William_Stephen
Obituary of Albany, N.Y. native Private William Kelly, a United States Marine who was killed in action at Villemontrey, Meuse river, France on November 11, 1918.
To which branch of the armed services did William Kelly belong?
What religion was William Kelly?
When and how did William Kelly die? How old was he?
Why was the timing of his death so significant?
How did his local community respond to the news of his death and funeral?
What was the significance of the Western Front during World War I? How did the war on the Western Front affect the outcome of World War I? Why would William Kelly’s participation and death during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive make him an interesting and significant historical figure during this time period?
English Language Arts: Write a short historical fiction about the life of William Kelly using the information found in the document. The short story should be five to ten pages long and include factual information and fictional accounts of the main character.
Lengel, Edward G. To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918. Henry Holt: New York, 2008.