106th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division
Pvt. Leroy Alonzo Doyle served with the 106th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division during World War I. He was born on November 22, 1898 in Cementon, N.Y., to Simon Doyle, a Civil War veteran, and Anna Miller. Doyle was the eleventh child of the family, although only four survived past infancy.
Doyle enlisted in the New York National Guard 10th Infantry Regiment on May 8, 1917. When the 27th Division was established, he was reassigned to the 106th Infantry Regiment and trained with it. The Kemmel Monument—which was constructed by ABMC—is dedicated to the 27th and 30th Divisions, and is located just a few hundred meters from where Doyle was mortally wounded by machine gun fire. At 19 years old, he is among the youngest memorialized at Flanders Field.
Doyle joined the service with his nephew Clarence Gardner, who was raised by Doyle’s parents. The two grew up together, enlisted together, and were even wounded at the same time on September 2, 1918. Doyle was killed in action. It was thought that Gardner was also killed in action because his dog tags were found at the scene. His family received a mistaken letter that he had been killed in action when he was actually being treated in a hospital.
Leroy A. Doyle is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Flanders Field American Cemetery.