Private Horace James Davis, 9th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment died on 5th October 1917. He was born in Solihull and baptised at St Alphege Church on 26th February 1893. He was the seventh of the eight children (six daughters, two sons) born to parents, James (a labourer) and Harriett (née Clifford) who had married in Solihull in 1875. One of the children – Alice Mary – didn’t survive infancy – being born and dying in 1878. A younger sister was born ten years later and named Alice Mary after her deceased sibling.
The Davis family lived in Park Road, Solihull from at least 1891 until at least 1911. By 1911, Horace had become a journeyman baker. We don’t know when he enlisted in the Army but he didn’t see any overseas service until after 1916. It seems he first joined the Dorset Regiment before being transferred to the Devonshire Regiment.
We haven’t found any evidence that his brother, Ernest Edward (1881-1961), a bricklayer, served in the war.
Horace was killed in action and has no known grave. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. His name is also included on Solihull war memorial.
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