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John Davies was born in Heath Town, Wolverhampton in 1891, the son of Josiah and Sarah Davies. In 1901 they were living at 200 Coleman Street, together with John’s brothers George, James, Josiah and William, and sisters Florrie and Sarah. There are a number of possible marriages for him.

John enlisted with the Grenadier Guards (number 28055). On 12 September 1917 he was listed in the Express & Star amongst the local men who had been wounded. However, he appears to have survived the war. He died in 1923 at the age of 32, although it is unclear what he died from at such a young age.