Edward (Joseph) Davis

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DAVIS, Edward (Joseph)

Service no: 6857 [1]

Place of birth: Walworth, London, England

Address: c/- Mr Beaver, Byng Street, Orange

Occupation: Labourer

Next of kin: Ellen Davis (sister), 43 Linton Road, Upper Edmonton, London, England

Date of enlistment: 22 July 1916

Place of enlistment: Cootamundra

Age at enlistment: 21

Fate: Embarked HMAT SS Port Napier, Sydney, 17 November 1916. Marched in to 4th Training Battalion 30 January 1917. Proceeded overseas to France to reinforce 14th Battalion 5 April 1917. Taken on strength 14th Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement, 25th April 1917. Reported wounded in action, Belgium, 28 September 1917. Reported killed in action, Belgium, 28 September 1917.

Date of death: 28 September 1917, aged 22

Edward Davis (later changed to Joseph Davis) enlisted at Cootamundra on 22 July 1916. He was English, giving his place of birth as Walworth in London. His next of kin was his sister Ellen Davis, also living in London. He gave his address as c/- Mr Beaver, Byng Street, Orange.

Edward embarked at Sydney per HMAT SS [Port Napier] on 17 November 1916. After arrival in England he marched into the 4th Training Battalion on 30 January 1917. His battalion proceeded overseas to France to reinforce the 14th Battalion on 5 April 1917.

On 28 September 1917 Edward was reported missing in action, later changed to killed in action. Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files contain reports from his fellow soldiers stating while he and his battalion were in the trenches at Polygon Wood, Private Davis was standing looking to the rear when he was hit in the middle of the back by a shell. He was killed almost instantly; there is no known grave.

Private Edward (Joseph) Davis is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium and on panel number 72 on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

  • Sharon Jameson and Margaret Nugent, January 2019

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