Royal Scots Fusiliers, 7th
Btn; formerly 1st Btn
Rank & Number: Sergeant,
51402 & 12457
Born: 01 November 1890; Eccleshall, Standon Bridge, Staffs.
Died: 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
to enlisting in the army in Sep 1914, his occupation was Butler to the Earl of
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
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
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
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.