PVT William Clifford Devitt was born 20 Feb 1891 in New Orleans, Louisiana the 3rd of 7 children born to William Joseph and Mary E. (Cameron) Devitt. His father was a warehouseman and laborer. His parents appear to have separated by 1910 and his mother remarried.
When drafted, William was working as a "cotton yardman" and supporting his mother. They were living at 1355 Religious Street in New Orleans. William was assigned to L Company 116th Infantry and shipped out for France with that unit. They departed Hoboken, New Jersey aboard the USS Finland on 15 Jun 1918 and arrived in France on 28 Jun 1918. The entire regiment then moved to training and then into the line. They were part of an attack in the vicinity of Molleville Farm and PVT Devitt was killed in action there on 8 Oct 1918.
PVT Devitt was repatriated and re-interred in Saint Patrick Cemetery #1 in New Orleans, Louisiana.