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.
Anne Elizabeth Davis, 9, born Kettering.
Winifred Alice Davis, 6, born Kettering.
Walter Henry Davis, 4, born Kettering.
Edith Maud Davis, 2, born Kettering.
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.