John Thomas Davies
|John Thomas Davies|
|Born||29 September 1895|
Rock Ferry, Birkenhead, Cheshire
|Died||28 October 1955 (aged 60)|
St. Helens, Lancashire
|Buried||St Helens Borough Cemetery|
|Unit||The South Lancashire Regiment|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
World War II
John Thomas Davies VC (29 September 1895 – 28 October 1955) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
He was 22 years old, and a corporal in the 11th (Service) Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Volunteers), British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 24 March 1918 near Eppeville, France, when his company was ordered to withdraw, Corporal Davies knew that the only line of withdrawal lay through a deep stream lined with a belt of barbed wire and that it was imperative to hold up the enemy as long as possible. He mounted the parapet in full view of the enemy in order to get a more effective field of fire and kept his Lewis gun in action to the last, causing many enemy casualties and enabling part of his company to get across the river, which they would otherwise have been unable to do.
He was taken prisoner after the action. During World War II he was a captain in the Home Guard. He was buried in St. Helens Borough Cemetery, Lancashire, England. (C. of E. Section. Area 59. Grave 426.)
His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Imperial War Museum, London, England.
- John Thomas Davies at Find a Grave
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- VCs of the First World War - Spring Offensive 1918 (Gerald Gliddon, 1997)