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Article Published 08/09/2017

Four young men from Layton gave their lives in the conflict that came to be called "The Great War."

Two of these men were: David Day and David Lane Jones.

David Day--son of James W. and Elizabeth Young Day was born May 1, 1897 in Layton.  He was inducted into service in Company M, 8th Infantry, under Captain A. Graves, August 9, 1918.  He trained for three months at Camp Fremont, Palo Alto, California and then received additional training at Camp Mills, Long Island, New York.  At Camp Mills, he was stricken with influenza and died of pneumonia on November 3, 1918 seven days before the Armistice was declared.

His body was brought home accompanied by a comrade, Ralph Westgate, from Massachusetts.  Full military honors were given at his burial in the Kaysville City Cemetery.  He was the first World War I hero to be buried in Davis County.  An article in The Weekly Reflex of November 14, 1918 reported: "He died on his way to the front to battle for the freedom of the world.  He gave his all for his country.  No man could give more."

David Lane Jones--son of Thomas R. and Carrie M. Anthony Jones was born February 15, 1899.  He was a graduate of Davis County High School and was a farmer who worked with his father on their Layton farm.

Lane volunteered for service October 3, 1918.  He was assigned to Company D, in the Student Army Training Camp at the University of Utah for several weeks.  He was sent home because of the Salt Lake City influenza epidemic, but was recalled to Fort Douglas, November 18, 1918.  He died at Fort Douglas, Utah of influenza, December 1, 1918, nineteen days after the Armistice was declared.  He is buried in the Kaysville City Cemetery.

David Day's graveside in Kaysville City Cemetery.  Honor guard gives final salute..