Born: 29th December 1879, Rothwell, Northamptonshire.

Baptised: 27th July 1880, at St. Leonard’s Church, Loddington, Northamptonshire. Parents: Emma & Charles William Davis, a Shoe Maker.

Died: 5th May 1901; age: 21; Died of Disease at Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

Residence: 34, Cobden Street, Kettering, Northamptonshire.

Occupation: in the Shoe Trade.

Enlistment Date: 20th June 1898.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5166.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Field Force.


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal + South Africa 1901 medal.




1881   3, Gold Street, Kettering, Northamptonshire.


Arthur was a year old and living with his parents.

Charles William Davis, 20, a Shoe Maker, born Rothwell.

Emma Davis (nee Bates), 21, born Loddington.


1891   34, Cobden Street, Kettering, Northamptonshire.


Arthur was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Charles, 30, a Shoe Maker.

Emma, 31.

Anne Elizabeth Davis, 9, born Kettering.

Winifred Alice Davis, 6, born Kettering.

Walter Henry Davis, 4, born Kettering.

Edith Maud Davis, 2, born Kettering.

1 boarder.


Soldiers’ Effects to Charles William Davis – father.


Arthur’s brother, William Charles Davis, of 33, Nelson Street, Kettering, a Shoe Operative at a factory lost his life in the First World War. William was KiA on the 13th November 1916, age 21. He was ranked an Able Seaman, service number Z/4406, for the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Nelson Battalion, Royal Naval Division. He is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

One of the notable Battles with a large loss of Suffolk life was the “Battle of Suffolk hill” at Colesberg, Northern Cape 5th- 6th January 1900. The hill was originally called Red or Grassy Hill. The Suffolk regiment was ordered to make a night attack on a Boer position on the heights, four companies, 354 of all ranks, set out at midnight under the command of Col. Watson. The Suffolks were met by a storm of bullets. The Colonel was amongst the first to fall, and the party later retired with 11 officers and 150+ men killed, wounded or captured.

The Boer War.

Suffolk Regiment 

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