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John Thomas Davenport was born in 1889. His entry on the 1901 census states that he was born in Walsall, but his birth was registered in Wolverhampton. By 1901, John and his family are listed at 3 Dark Street, Moseley Village, Heath Town, and John appears with his parents Charles Herbert and Eliza Jane and sister Sarah J. Davenport.

John enlisted in the 1st/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 240145). He was killed in action on 11 May 1917. This was reported in the Express & Star on 20 June 1917. He is commemorated at the Lievin Communal Cemetery in France.