World War I Soldiers Remembered: Sidney Dillard Hensley

25 May

Sidney Hensley Adj postSidney Dillard Hensley was born July 28, 1893 in Bedford County, Virginia. Sidney’s father was Joseph W. Henley and his mother was Martha Gillispie. According to his Registration Card, we know he was single, tall and had grey eyes and black hair.

We don’t know much about Hensley’s service record since it seems as if he never filled out a Military Service Record questionnaire after the war. He did tell family members that he was in the Battle of the Argonne Forest (Meuse-Argonne Offensive). We do from his grave marker that he was a corporal in Company B, 61st Infantry.

After the war, Hensley returned to Richmond and he worked on the railroad. He later met a Goochland girl, Isabelle Layne, and they married, had a daughter and moved to Goochland. He worked as a guard at the State Farm (James River Correctional Center) until his death. He passed away on April 11, 1958 at the age of 64 and is buried in the Greenwood Memorial cemetery in Goochland.

If you have any photographs of World War I service men and women from Goochland, please contact the Goochland County Historical Society. We would love to scan your photographs and add them to the World War I Commemorative Collection. Contact us at 804-556-3966 or at goochlandhistory@comcast.net.

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