Other names: William Robert
Locations in this story: Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, DorsetWanowri Lines, IndiaFrance & FlandersShaftesbury, DorsetSturminster, DorsetSt. James' Church, ShaftesburyWest Orchard, Shaftesbury
Story: William Robert Davis was born in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 10th May 1886 and baptised there on 6th June 1886, the son of Frederick Davis and Emily Davis (née Jenkins). His siblings included Harry (b.1880) and Charles (b.1888) both of whom died during the war. His other brothers, Frank (b.1882) served in the war with the Coldstream Guards and Edward Frederick (b. 1898) with the Inniskilling Fusiliers. William lived all his early life in and around Enmore Green until, prior to 1911, he enlisted with the 2nd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 7161) and, at the time of the 1911 Census, was serving at the Wanowri Lines, India. He later served with the 1st Battalion in France and Flanders where he was promoted to Corporal. At the time of the Absent Voter List dated 1918 he was with the 5th Battalion. On his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British medals as well as the 1914/15 Star and clasp. He married Lilian Winifred Hayter at St. James's Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 2nd May 1920. They went on to have three children. By the time of the 1939 Register he is recorded as living at 14 West Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset and working as a Horseman on a Farm. His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1945.