Thomas Lloyd Davis, Jr. volunteered his services to the U.S. Army in July 1917. As a member of the 120th Infantry, 30th Division, was stationed at Camp Sevier, SC, for training. Participated in all engagements of his unit until killed in action October 9, 1918. He was killed at the Selle River.

He was born in Lack County, Colorado. He died at the age of 19 and is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at Somme American Cemetery, Bony, France.

The Knoxville Sentinel, 16 November 1918
Sergt. Thomas Lloyd Davis Jr., was killed in action October 10, according to message received by his father, T.L. Davis Sr., from friends’ of Sergt. Davis and from the war department. He was a member of Company D, 120th Infantry, having been transferred to that regiment from the 117th Regiment before going in to action. In the letters received by Mr. Davis telling of his son’s death it has been yearned that almost all of the officers of that company had been killed or incapacitated by wounds, as young Davis was in charge of the company when he was killed as there were such a few Mr. Davis that he begged Sergt. Davis not to go over the top the time when he was killed, as there were such a few men left in the company, but that Sergt. Davis merely replied: “We have orders to go over the top, and it is glorious out there.” He had already been over the top twice just before the time in which he met his death, and had not received a scratch in either of the first territory between St. Quentin and Chambrai, and it is believed by Sergt. Davis’ father that his son was in the company that was cut off because of having advanced farther than the companies on either side. Sergt. Davis was a member of the junior class of the Central high school when he volunteered in the service if Uncle Sam, shortly after the United States declared war on Germany. He was also a member of the Associates Bible Class of the First M. E. Church. His father resides at Sharp’s Chapel.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 18 March 1898
  • Date of death: 9 October 1918
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Sharps Chapel
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: Company D, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War I
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Somme American Cemetery, Bony, France
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar IV, Top Panel
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