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  • Photograph source: 'The Old Boys of Nottingham High School Killed in the First World War', unpublished and courtesy of the school librarian.
Person Details
04 Sep 1894
Nottingham
Harry Reginald was the younger son of Joseph Hill and Mary Maria Davis (née Crow).
He attended Nottingham High School between 1906 and 1909. 1911 - bank clerk
13 Nov 1916
22
756029 - CWGC Website
London Z/1415
Able Seaman
Hawke Bn Royal Naval Division
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Hawke Bn Royal Naval Division Harry enlisted on 25 February 1915. According to the RND record he was ex-Public Schools Battalion, volunteers from which joined 'D' Company. He joined Hawke Bn from the 1st Reserve Bn. He was advanced Able Seaman on 1 June 1915. Hawke Battalion served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign) from 30 May 1915-January 1916, then with the BEF France & Belgium from May 1916 as part of 189th Brigade, 63rd Royal Naval Division. It is not clear whether Harry served in Gallipoli but his record shows that he contracted enteritis, 4 May 1915 to 1 July 1915. He rejoined Hawke Bn on 31 July 1916 (no record of service in interim) by which time it was serving on the Western Front. In November 1916 a final attempt was made during the first Battle of the Somme to take Beaumont Hamel, a first day objective but which was still in German hands. Attacking masses of barbed wire in thick mist Hawke battalion suffered heavy casualties but pushed the enemy line back on Hawthorn Ridge and at Beaumont Hamel. Davis was killed during this assault. Harry Reginald was buried in 'shell holes near German 3rd line at O.17 B94'. However, his grave was later lost and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 1 A.). He qualified for the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
CWGC: 'Son of Mrs. M. M. Davis, of "Thornywood", Sherwin Rd., Lenton, Nottingham, and the late Mr. J. H. Davis.' Nottingham Evening Post, 'Roll of Honour', 2 December 1916: 'Davis. Killed in action November 13th, Harry Reginald Davis (Royal Naval Division) younger son of JH and MM Davis, Sherwin Road, Lenton.'
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  • Photograph source: 'The Old Boys of Nottingham High School Killed in the First World War', unpublished and courtesy of the school librarian.
    Harry Reginald Davis - Photograph source: 'The Old Boys of Nottingham High School Killed in the First World War', unpublished and courtesy of the school librarian.
  • Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. (www.cwgc.org)
    Harry Reginald Davis - Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. (www.cwgc.org)