Alfred Thomas DAVIS

              Royal Scots Fusiliers, 7th Btn; formerly 1st Btn  

Rank & Number:    
Sergeant, 51402 & 12457  

Born:                       01 November 1890; Eccleshall, Standon Bridge,

31 August 1960; Greenock Royal Infirmary  


ALFRED THOMAS DAVIS was born 01 Nov 1890 at Eccleshall, Standon Bridge, Staffordshire to parents Henry, a railway platelayer, and Fanny Playdon.  He died on 31 Aug 1960 in Greenock Royal Infirmary (aged 69, bus inspector (ret.), married, of 44 Kelvin Street, Largs).  

On 15 Dec 1914 at Nelson Street, Largs, Alfred (aged 24, Sgt. Royal Scots Fusiliers, of Bramshott Camp, Liphook, Hants) married Elizabeth Orr Crawford.   

Prior to enlisting in the army in Sep 1914, his occupation was Butler to the Earl of Glasgow.   

According to family, Alfred didn’t return to Kelburn after the war because the wages were “rubbish”.  He set up his own business running buses (charabancs) from Largs to Wemyss Bay, and later he became a bus inspector.  

In the 1901 Census, Alfred, aged 10, is living Chester Road, Hartford, Cheshire with parents Henry (32, platelayer on railway, b. Wribbenhall, Worcestershire) and Fanny (34, b. Worcestershire) and siblings Thomas 8, Ethel 6, William 4, Percy 1.    


Named in the Roll of Honour printed in the Largs & Millport Weekly News 21 Nov 1914 and the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald Dec 1914 (Davis, Pte. Alfred, Fairlie Craig, Fairlie, 7th RSF).  Enlisted 1 Sep 1914 (occ. Butler to Earl of Glasgow; res. Fairlie Craig, Fairlie); theatre of war first entered is France, 10 Jul 1915 to 7 Oct 1915, and 18 Mar 1918 to 10 Nov 1918.  He was wounded in action on 26 Sep 1915, and wounded (gas) on 27 Oct 1918.  He was demobilized on 5 Feb 1919 to 4 Railway Cottages, Hodge Lane, Hartford, Cheshire.  He received the 1914-15 Star and the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-    

5 September 1914      
Two other of Lord Glasgow’s employees have joined the army this week – A. Davis, butler, and Tom Messenger, forester.  Well done both!  

18 December 1915     

Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund: Up to date, the number of parcels sent out is about 95, and the most recent acknowledgements received are from Sergt. Davis and Pte. Dan. McCallum (hospital), Driver J.M. Fraser (France), Pte. J. Ward, Pte. J. Miller, Gr. Wm. Ramsay, Corpl. Blakley and Sergt. Hugh Burden (Dardanelles).  

26 February 1916       
Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund:  Letters of thanks have lately been received from Trooper Wm. Balchin, Gunner James Ramsay, Private T. McLaughlin (Dardanelles Force), Private Alex. McLean (Salonica), Gunner Tom Messenger, Private John Boyd, Driver John Fraser, Corpl. Duncan Douglas (France), Sergt. A. Davis, Private John McLaughlan, Dan McCallum, and David Thomson (hospital).  

17 June 1916

Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund:  Letters of thanks have been received recently from James Ramsay, Wm. Ramsay, John Currie, John Ward, A. Erskine, James Smith, Tom McLaughlin, Charles Rodger, Tom Messenger, Hugh Burden, Wm. Balchin, Tom Miller, Wm. Stewart, John Fraser, Duncan Douglas, Dan McCallum, Allan McCallum, Alex. McLean, Alfred Davis, Arthur Crawford, and a postcard from Robert McLachlan, who is a prisoner of war in Germany.

Images courtesy Arthur Davis


Fairlie Community Association SCIO
Scottish Charity No. SC028785