Joseph John Davies

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Joseph John Davies
Joseph Davies VC.jpg
Memorial to Joseph Davies, Delville Wood
Born 28 April 1889
Tipton, Staffordshire, England
Died 23 February 1976(1976-02-23) (aged 86)
Bournemouth, Dorset, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Staff-Sergeant
Unit Royal Welsh Fusiliers
The Herefordshire Regiment
Battles/wars First World War
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross
Order of St. George (Russia)

Joseph John Davies VC (28 April 1889 – 16 February 1976) was a British 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.

Davies was 27 years old, and a corporal in the 10th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 20 July 1916 at Delville Wood, France, prior to an attack on the enemy, Corporal Davies and eight men became separated from the rest of the company. When the enemy delivered their second counterattack, the party was completely surrounded, but Corporal Davies got his men into a shell hole and by throwing bombs and opening rapid fire he succeeded in routing the attackers, and even followed and bayoneted them in their retreat.[1]

He later achieved the rank of staff-sergeant. After demobilisation from the Regular Army he joined the 1st Battalion, The Herefordshire Regiment, Territorial Army until the mid 1920s.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum in Caernarfon Castle, Gwynedd, Wales.


  1. ^ "No. 29765". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 September 1916. p. 9418. 

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