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Bunce, Albert I.
Age: 20, credited to Castleton, VT
Unit(s): 124th NY INF
Service: enl, Cornwall, 8/7/1862, m/i, Pvt, Co. C, 124th NY INF, 9/5/62, pr SGT, 1/1/65 m/o 6/2/65 at Douglas Hosp., Washington, DC
See Legend for expansion of abbreviationsVITALS
Birth: 1842, Long Island, NY
Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Castleton, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: David & Gayle French
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 10/13/1876
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)
Remarks: Pension index card lists Co. M, U.S. CAV, but unit not readable.
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Hillside Cemetery, Castleton, VT
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AGED MAN'S HEAD CUT OFF BY ENGINE ON D. & H. RAILWAY
Locomotive Mows Down Albert Bunce Near West Rutland Grade Crossing.
DOESN'T HEAR WARNING
Engineer Applies Brakes But Sees Victim Too Late to Avert Tragedy.
Albert Bunce, 81, of West Rutland, was killed early last evening at the railroad crossing near the West Rutland station when his head was severed from his body by a Delaware & Boston locomotive drawing a composite car loaded with railroad officials on an inspection tour.
Despite a warning whistle from the engine Mr. Bunce is said to have walked directly into the path of the advancing locomotive too late for its engineer to bring it to a stop.
The engine passed completely over the body of the aged man.
KILLED ON WAY TO POST OFFICE
Mr. Bunce had made his home for a number of years with Harry Brown and his sister Mary Brown of West Rutland and it was while he was on his way from their home to the post office that he met his death.
The inspection train was under no orders to stop- at West Rutland but nevertheless was running at a controlled rate of speed.
An investigation conducted immediately after the tragedy developed the fact that Mr. Bunce had been seen o the track too late for the engineer to stop.
As quickly as possible Engineer Bopper, who, with Conductor M. L. Goodwin of Whitehall were in charge of the train, drew to a stop.
Mr. Bunce's body was taken to the Mullin undertaking rooms and will be taken to the Brown home today.
The inspection trip had started at Whitehall and in the party were J. E. Fairhead, superintendent; F. J. Forster, general freight agent; J. C. Dorsey, chief engineer and Mr. Hobson.
Was Civil War Veteran
Mr. Bunce was born in New York state on February 18, 1842. He was a veteran of the Civil war and a member of Castleton and Brooklyn posts of the Grand Army.
After the death of H. H. Brown with whom he had lived for some time, Mr. Bunce moved to Castleton where he was employed as a gardener by Charles Langdon. About eight years ago he moved to Englewood, N. J., where he spent his winters, coming to West Rutland and the home of Miss Brown for the summer. Last June he came to West Rutland to make his permanent home with the Browns for whose father he had been a gardener for 32 years.
He is survived by one son, Lewis Bunce of Cromwell, Conn., and a sister, Miss Helen Bunce of Glen Cove, N. Y.
Source: Rutland Daily Herald, November 21, 1923.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.