Owen Joseph Davis



Jan 15, 1896

Born in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, USA


Feb 19, 1917

Attested into the 254th Battalion in Marmora, Ontario 

Ø      Number 1093332

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Annie Davis, mother, Flint, Michigan, USA

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic 

The battalion trained in the Belleville Armouries


Jun 2, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Seaford where it was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Nov 1, 1917

Granted permission to marry


Nov 14, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion 

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 12 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Nov 15, 1917

The next of kin was changed to read Mrs. Elizabeth Beatrice Davis, wife, 50 Jephsons Rd. Forest Gate, London, England


Nov 17, 1917

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart


Nov 24, 1917

Left the CC Rein C and joined the 21st Battalion in the front line trench east of Vimy Ridge and assigned to “B” Company


Nov 29, 1917

Attached to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty


Dec 11, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the engineers


Aug 8, 1918

During an attack at Marcelcave, Private Owen Davis was killed in action.  It should also be noted that during this attack, the Commanding Officer L/Col EW Jones DSO was also killed.  Pte Davis was buried in the Toronto British Cemetery

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. E.B. Davis, 16 Upton Park Rd., Forest Gate, London, England 

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Annie Davis, Flint, Michigan, USA


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