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The Soldiers' Edition of the Oxford Mirror was transcribed by Janet Brandt.

George Shirk

GEORGE SHIRK, the son of E. W. Shirk, of this city, who at present is Somewhere in France, grew to manhood in this city. He attended the public schools at this place, although he was forced to leave his studies before
having completed the high school course. When our country announced that a state of war existed between the United States and Germany, he was among the first to get the fever to offer his services. He went to Davenport the latter part of May, before the registration of June 5th, 1917, and enlisted. From Davenport he was sent to Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, where the training, which was to make of him a soldier, was begun. He remained at this camp until the first part of August of the same year, when he was transferred to Washington, D. C., where he remained for three weeks before being sent overseas. The trip across the ocean was made safely as announced by a communication from the officials at Washington, and it was not long before he was busily engaged in the active service in his particular line, which was driving a motor truck. Relatives have received letters very often from him and from them we learn that at two different times he was in a hospital, although he did not say for what reason He reached his twenty-fourth birthday September 1st, of this year.

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