In support of our Posters of World War I exhibit, we thought we would spend the month of April detailing Iron County’s response to the conflict. The following article was taken from the Iron County Record August 23, 1918 and details the first Iron County young man to lose his life in combat. As a contextual reference, the term “Sammie” was slang used by British soldiers to refer to American troops. To see the original article, click here.
FIRST IRON COUNTY SAMMIE MAKES THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
Henry M. Jones of Enoch gives up Life in Defense of Human Liberty.
DIED AUG. 6 OF WOUNDS RECEIVED IN SERVICE
Was Betrothed to Attractive Young Lady Who Joins Stricken Parents in Grief Over Death of the Young Soldier.
WASHINGTON, D.C - Aug. 22.
Mr. Sylvester Jones, Enoch, Utah.
Deeply regret to inform you that it is officially reported that Priv. Henry M. Jones, infantry, died Aug. 6th from wounds received in action.
HARRIS, Acting Adjutant General.
The above message, received last evening, came as a rude awakening to the fond and indulgent parents of this young man, who were not even aware that he had yet reached the front. The last letter received from him was dated July 24th and was full of hope, condolence and good cheer. To learn that he had already been called upon to make the supreme sacrifice was indeed a shock to his family. Yet such are the fortunes of war, and a like sorrow may come at any time to any parent who has a son in the conflict, and there is no power to stay it.
Henry, or Harry, as was familiarly known, is the first Iron County boy to yield up his life in action in the service of his country in the great war, and the news of his death comes it’s a severe shock to the entire community and county. Two or three others have been wounded on the battle field, but are recovering. One young man, Amos Robinson of Paragonah, died a lingering death last Monday at his home as a result of vaccinations received in the training camps.
The deceased soldier was betrothed to Miss Iantha Matheson, an attractive and deserving young lady of Midvalley who is mingling her tears with those of relatives of the young man. In the meeting house at Enoch is a beautiful silk service flag, raised in deference to the several young men of that place who have been called to the defense of the colors. With the sad news that has come to the little community one of the blue stars upon the flag has changed to gold, and the young man in whose honor, it stands has richly earned the distinction of honor. He was a clean, manly and courageous young man. It was an honor to be the parents of such a boy, and a still greater honor to give him to their country and the world in such a cause. The Record deeply condoles with the bereaved family in their sad affliction, though the sad parting holds, withal, much to be thankful and proud of. Similar tidings must needs come to other parents even in this county, and we must school ourselves to look upon them as necessary and unavoidable sacrifices in the great cause for which many of our progenitors bled and died at the birth of our beloved nation.