Other names: John Richard
Locations in this story: Bell Street, Shaftesbury, DorsetFranceSturminster, Dorset
Story: John Richard Davis was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 29th November 1893, the son of James John Davis and Maria Davis (née Russell). He enlisted on 13th November 1914 but was not embodied until 2nd June 1915, when he joined the Army Service Corps as a Private (Service No. S4/111324). He was attached to the 18th and 14th Field Bakery in France. He was demobilized on 26th May 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals and the 1914/15 Star. He married Ethel Gertrude Mitchell in 1926 but there were no children of the marriage. His last known address was 4 Bell Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset (per the 1939 Register) which shows him working as a Baker. His death in 1955 was registered in Sturminster, Dorset. John's brother, Ernest George, is mentioned as having served according to the St. James Church Roll of Honour published in Nov 1918. His other brother, Percival James Davis, also served and survived the conflict. Source: Based on original research by Ken Baxter.