Private Henry Carruthers was killed in action in France on September 30th, 1918. He was serving with the 363rd Infantry Regiment of the 91st Division. Commencing in late September of 1918, this unit was engaged in Meuse-Argonne Offensive, which, according to Wikipedia, was “…was the largest in United States military history, involving 1.2 million American soldiers.” The battle line stretched across the entire Western Front and fighting continued for the 47 days from September 26 to the Armistice on November 11, 1918. (A detailed, day-by-day description of this unit’s participation in this great battle, from September 26th to October 4th — that is, over the period during which PVT Carruthers gave his life — is available in “CHAPTER III” at this online source.)
Carruthers is buried at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery (Plot H, Row 29, Grave 26) at Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France.
News of his death did not reach his mother, Margaret Carruthers, in Wallace until November 6, 1918. A brief item in The Wallace Miner, published on the following day, described Henry “Happy” Carruthers as a “well known and popular young man.” He was a Wallace native, the article noted as well, age 25, and employed by the Otterson company. Carruthers was survived by his mother and a brother, William Carruthers. Henry Carruthers, the item ruefully relayed, was “the first one from this city to fall fighting for his country in France.”
Carruthers described himself in his draft registration card as single, tall, slender, with gray eyes and black hair. Although he listed his home address as “Wallace, Idaho,” Carruthers indicated that he was employed as a farmer by one “J.W. Gates” at the Gates Ranch in Vacaville, California. The card recorded his birthdate as September 18, 1894, implying that he was killed 12 days after his 24th birthday.
A 1910 Wallace city directory shows him living at 802 Residence St. and a student.