Arthur Davis (1890–1947)



Army Service Corps T25987  
Northamptonshire Regiment 33884 No 2 Infantry Labour Coy
Labour Corps 83564 140th, 179th Coy

Photo courtesy Tracy Dean

Arthur Davis in WW1

Arthur was born in the hamlet of Wheatcroft , Crich, and attended South Wingfield school. As a carter he enlisted in 1915 but in 1916 was discharged as being medically unfit. He was then quickly remobilized and entered France in March 1917. At Belper Register Office in 1922 he married Mabel Blackham and they had seven children. By the late 1930s, the family lived at Lea Bridge. After Arthur's death Mabel married Henry T Spencer on 3 November 1950

Arthur's ASC number T25987 – the T indicates horse transport.
The Labour Corps was formed January 1917
[With thanks to Nivard Overton ]

Arthur Davis in WW1

Arthur in a studio photograph

Medal Index Record
Awarded the Victory and British War medals
83564 Pte Davis Arthur Labour Corps; 33884 Pte North'n Reg

Army Service record
Arthur Davis, Holloway House, Holloway, aged 25 years 6 months born at Wheatcroft, a carter enlisted December 1915 at Matlock. Height 5ft 5⅝
Next of kin Francis Davis , Holloway (father), Awarded British War Medal.
Attested 8th Dec 1915 to Army reserve
Mobilized 15th Feb 1916
Re-posted 16th Feb 1916
Discharged having been found medically unfit by medical board
Re-mobilized 20th Dec 1916
Army Service Corps – posted driver 20th Dec 1916
ASC transferred 2nd labour Company  – Dr 12th March 1917
Labour Corps 140th Company transferred – 14th May 1917

Home 21/12/16 to 24/03/17
BEF 25/03/17
Posted to 179 Labour Coy 23/02/19.
Demobilized 14/11/19

South Wingfield School Register
Arthur Davis born 30 June 1890


1891 Moorwood Moor

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Francis Davis Head 26 Green grocer Starkholmes
Rebecca Davis wife 26   Wesssington
Sylvia Davis daughter 5 scholar South Wingfield
Francis E Davis son 2   South Wingfield
Arthur Davis son 10months   South Wingfield

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1901 Morewood Moor

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Francis Davis Head 36 Green grocer Matlock
Rebecca Davis wife 36   Wesssington
Sylvia Davis daughter 15 scholar South Wingfield
Francis Ernest Davis son 12   South Wingfield
Arthur Davis son 10   South Wingfield
Clara Gerude Davis daughter 8   South Wingfield
Edith Davis daughter 5   South Wingfield
Ellen Radford visitor 21 domestic cook Lea

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1911 Holloway

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Francis Davis Head 46 Fruiterer Starkholmes
Prunella Mary Davis wife 49   Manchester
Arthur Davis son 19 assistant fruiterer South Wingfield

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1939 Register: 14 Council Houses, Lea Bridge
Arthur Davis b.29 June 1892; general labourer
Mabel Spencer (Davis) b.2 September 1901
Marion Birchall (Davis) b.14 April 1927; school
Marjorie Stolarski (Davis) b.23 August 1929; School
Brian Davis b.7 December 1938; under school age
4 closed records
[Note: there is conflict of his date of birth in his school admission and the 1939 Register. He was registered in the Sepember quarter of 1890 which suggests that on his school admissions is correct]