Place of death Cpl Ross Bankson WWI France?

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Is it possible to determine the place of death for Cpl Ross Bankson killed in France 29 Jul 1918? I've been unable to find this information at fold3 or elsewhere.
WikiTree profile: Ross Bankson
in Genealogy Help by T Stanton G2G6 Pilot (237k points)
I wonder whether he could be buried at Oise Aisne American Cemetary because on the 28/29th July they were in action at Foret de Nesles and Chateau de Nesles
He was returned to the United States and is interred at Graceland Cemetery, Meade, Kansas (linked from profile).

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Best answer  By May 1918, the regiment arrived at Brest, France, training until July.[11] In late July, the regiment along with the rest of 7th Infantry Brigade, was briefly attached to the VII French Army Corps near Bois du Chitelet;[13]:93 it was then sent to bolster the beleaguered 42nd Division at Ourcq.[13]:96 

The Battle of Soissons (also known as 

the Battle of the Soissonnais and of the Ourcq 

(FrenchBataille du Soissonnais et de L'Ourcq)[a]

 was a battle during World War I, waged from 18

 to 22 July 1918, between the French

 (with American and British assistance) and 

German armies.

He is listed as having been missing in action and later as killed so it is possible his actual date of death is earlier than July 29.

Also see page 178 for list of where the regiment was.

by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (707k points)
selected by T Stanton
Thanks, Laura.

The next action as I saw it in one of th google references was on someone's farm.  They may have been moving on to the next location because the next battle was in August so after his death date.  It could be he ran into a land mine.  

I had a relative who was in the Canadian Cycle Corps and they were often behind enemy lines.  He survived being gassed returned to the front lines and was killed 3 days before the war ended.  He is buried in France and several of my French relatives visit his grave.  

In one of the books he was among those who were listed as killed in action but had been listed as missing in action so they may have found him on the 29th.  

In early August, the regiment fought near Bazoches-sur-Vesles during the Second Battle of the Marne.   That battle was raging since mid July. But the way the regimental work orders read was they went in early Aug.  So this soldier seems to have died after Soissonais but before they made it to Marne.  Could have  been a skirmish along the way, a land mine, being gassed, sometimes all they know is someone was killed in action because they find remains later but list them as missing first which seems to be what happened in his case.  

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Found a application for headstone for an unmarked grave for soldier. It's for the state of Kansas, cemetary Graceland in the city of Meade. The application was made by Mrs Ella Bankson.
That application is cited on the profile.
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Write U.S. Army they will have place of death in his records.

His Service 47th Infantry,Service # 55289. 47 Infantry,4th

Division.They may request a Notarized Document proving your

by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (920k points)
Thanks, Wayne. He is not a relative. He is part of some work within Westward Ho project. It's interesting to note that he was killed in action July 29th and it took until September 20th for the family to be notified. There does not appear to be a newspaper obituary, just short mentions when the family was notified by cablegram.
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According to this web page (*) on July 29th the 47th US infantry regiment was with the 42nd infantry division and fought on the Ourcq river in Sergy, Aisne, near Fère-en-Tardenois:

July 29

On the extreme right, the 2d Battalion, 168th Infantry, was to lead the advance with the 3d Battalion, 47th Infantry, in support. It attacked about 8:30 a. m. from south of Sergy, met stubborn resistance and made no gain. The 3d Battalion, 47th Infantry, moved forward from the vicinity of La Cense with Companies I and L from right to left, leading, and Companies K and M in support. Company I was stopped in front of Sergy and fell back into the woods along the Ourcq River north of Ferme de La Motte. Company L drove the Germans from Sergy, passed through the town and reached the ridge to the-north. About 5 p. m. it withdrew to the western edge of the town.

As Ross Bankson belonged to company I, it seems likely that he took part in this attack, and died there.

Slightly west was the French 62nd infantry division. Detailed accounts of movements of French units during WWI (journaux des marches et opérations) are available online, here is what the 62e DI wrote for July 29th - note the references to "la 42e DIUS".

(*) it is actually a translation of a French page, itself written after a report by the American Battle Monuments Commission.

by Julien Cassaigne G2G6 Mach 4 (41.0k points)
Thank you, Julien. This is a very helpful addition to Laura's research and I will update the profile of Cpl Bankson.

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