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Lance-Corporal Cecil Harry Davis was born in Wolverhampton on 1 November 1890, to parents William and Diana Davis of 4 Evans Street. He was educated at St. Andrew’s School in Whitmore Reans. His school admission register states that he was admitted to the Junior School on 3 October 1898, and left on 30 October 1904 to go to work. By the 1911 census he was out of work but in the boot trade, and later went on to work at Craddocks shoes for nearly five years.
Following the outbreak of the First World War, Davis joined the 8th Battallion of the South Staffordshire Regiment in 1915 (service number 43036). He spent almost three years on active service, and was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field. The Express & Star on 11 August 1917 gave the following details of the circumstances:
He went out of a trench and carried in a wounded despatch bearer and delivered the despatch. Subsequently he saw an officer about 10 yards out in the open, and carried him into safety.
After being wounded, he left the front, before returning to service. He was killed in action on 13 October 1917 on the Western Front, and is buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery in Poperinge, Belgium. He is listed on the war memorial in the chapel in St Peter’s Church. News of his death appeared both in the Express & Star, above, and in the Midland Counties Express on 10 November 1917. His address when he died was 33 Wanderers Avenue.
After Davis’s death, the Wolverhampton Patriotic Committee presented this poster to his family, in honour of his contribution to the cause “of justice, liberty and righteousness”. He was also mentioned alongside a photograph in the Express and Star.The research for this blog post has been conducted by one of our volunteers, Elizabeth Stenning.