Asa Dye

ID # 173, (1888-1917)
FatherMartin Van Buren Dye (1839-1902)
MotherPhoebe Coleman (1852-1930)
BirthAsa Dye was born on 15 December 1888 at Chesaning, Michigan. 
DeathHe died on 3 May 1917 at France at age 28. 
NoteAsa's birth year is somewhat questionable. On his attestation papers he give the year as 1893, however since he is on the 1891 census in Troy, Beverly Twp. we may disregard this. He is said to be age 2 in 1891. Since he was born in December, 1888 seems to be the logical choice. According to the CommonwealthWar Graves website and confirmed by family stories, there is no grave for Asa. His name is commemorated on the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge, Pas de Calais, France. The war graves information states that his military number was 772138 and that he was with the 1st Battalion Canadian Infantry, Western Ontario Regiment.

Asa's body was never found. Phoebe received a telegram from the war office saying that he was missing. In later years Bert Coleman queried Asa's comrades. They said there was no question that Asa was dead. A shell hit his trench and his remains were buried as a result. 
Last Edited24 Aug 2014