Sergt., Inf., Co. A, 30th Div., 120th Regt.; of Davidson County; son of M. M. and Mrs. M. E. Welch. Entered service March 2, 1914, at Lexington, N.C. Sent to Camp Stewart, Tex. Sailed for Calais, France, May 24, 1918. Promoted to rank of Sergt. Nov. 27, 1916. Fought at Ypres. Wounded in both legs at the battle of Vaux-Andigny Oct. 10, 1918. Was sent to No. 21 Red Cross Hospital in Devon, Eng. Returned to USA March 19, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson April 9, 1919.