Other names: Frank
Locations in this story: Enmore Green, Motcombe, DorsetCann, Shaftesbury, DorsetHoly Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, DorsetCherry Orchard Farm, Cann, ShaftesburyAbbey Walk, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Frank Davis was born in Enmore Green, Motcombe, Shaftesbury in 1882 and baptised there on 26th February 1882, the son of Frederick and Emily Davis née Jenkins. He was the brother of Harry (b.1880) and Charles (b.1888) Davis, both of whom lost their lives in the First World War serving in the Dorsetshire Regiment. His other brothers, William Robert (b.1886) also served in the war with the Dorsets and Edward Frederick (b. 1898) with the Inniskilling Fusiliers. By 1901 the family had moved to Cherry Orchard Farm, St. James, Cann, Shaftesbury (Per 1901 Census). Frank married Rose Oliver on 10th October 1902 at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, and they went on to have one child. By 1911 they were living at 3 Abbey Walk, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He enlisted in the Coldstream Guards as a Guardsman (Service No. 20782). Military records are sparse due to burning during the Blitz in the Second World War; therefore, his discharge date cannot be determined except it is known he made a pension claim on 14th April 1920 which was rejected. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died in Shaftesbury in 1934.