Alfred Davis (c.1894-1917)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

DAVIS, ALFRED. Sapper. No 290620. 96th Light Railway Operating Company, Royal Engineers. Born Windinom, Leicestershire. Son of Annie Sadler (formerly Davis) and stepson of John Sadler, of Owler Ing, Binn. Marsden. Husband of Florence Davis, Binn House, Marsden. Employed as a cloth scourer at Bank Bottom Mills, Marsden. Enlisted 1.8.1917 Reported drowned when the transport 'Aragon' was torpedoed by a U boat and sunk in the Eastern Mediterranean, 30.12.1917, aged 23 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated on CHATBY MEMORIAL, ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT.
The ship was a luxuriously fitted liner of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company and was formerly engaged in the South American passenger service. She was bound from Marseilles to Egypt with destroyers as escort. At 10.30am on the day of the disaster she was within sight of land and fifteen minutes later she had disappeared. One of the destroyers whilst picking up survivors from the 'Aragon' was itself torpedoed and sunk. A lot of the soldiers were picked up from rafts and taken on board a number of boats and trawlers which happened to be at hand. Hundreds got on board a destroyer which almost immediately was torpedoed midships cutting her clean in half.
ROH:- Marsden War Memorial.
Brother of Private WILLIAM DAVIS MM, killed in action, 26.3.1918.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

  • regiment: Royal Engineers
  • died: Sunday, December 30, 1917
  • age: 23 years
  • record ID: 1438539