Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #55 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979

With Memorial Weekend soon coming up I would like to share these old photographs over several days, although not daily, until Memorial Day. You are probably wondering why I am featuring a veteran when Memorial Day is for those who lost their lives while serving in the military, particularly in battle or of wounds sustained in battle. Being the daughter of a man who died while on active duty and the sister of men who are retired from the military, I know the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. However I feel much more attention is given to the day at the end of May than the day in November which marks the end of World War I. So why wait until then to share these photos Roy LILLIE was so proud of?

I know very little about the time Samuel Royalty LILLIE served as a private in the U.S. Army during the Great War, World War I as we call it today. He enlisted on 31 August 1918 and was released on 19 December 1918 following the end of the war on 11 November 1918. He had this portrait taken at Morrison Photo in Chicago perhaps soon after enlistment.

RoyLillieage23Another copy of this photograph without the frame.

roylillieage23fullMore about this collection, how it came to be in my possession,
and links to previous posts in the series can be found here.

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Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

6 thoughts on “Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #55 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979”

  1. Cathy, Looking forward to reading your series of Family Veterans leading up to Memorial Day!!! Agree whole heartily, that no matter what the “holiday”, our veterans should all be remembered and Memorial Day in May and Veterans Day in November, gives us at least 2 opportunities to do so!!! In my direct family line, we also have veterans who never came back or came back only to die very shortly after returning home…sadly, most so young making it hard to capture their lives or to find those pieces of history that would bring them to life on paper. Thanks for sharing with us and reminding me to get busy and write something!!!


  2. The old saying is true: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Thank you for a wonderful portrait – it’s a great reminder.

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