Commonwealth War Graves - Alexander Herbert Davis

Author: Doug Larsen
Date published: 08/11/2011
© Doug Larsen

Commonwealth War Graves


Davis, Alexander Herbert

Place and Date of Birth:

June 1889, Newbury

Place of Residence:



Son of Henry John Davis/ husband of Laura Davis

Military Record




Service Number:



London Regiment (Artists Rifles), 3rd/28th Battalion

Date of Death:

January 21st, 1915

Age at Death:


Additional Information:

Employed in the banking profession during which he was seriously ill and treated at Birmingham Hospital. When war broke out he joined the London Artists Corp but he became ill again had to return to R.A.M.C. hospital in London. There he was operated on for a brain tumour but subsequently died. He was given a military send off from a firing party of the London Artists’ Corps with four buglers commanded by a sergeant.


He is named on a Memorial inside St. Nicolas’ Church as well as inside St. Bartholomew’s School where one of the houses is named after him.

The family grave has a “Gallipoli marker” to indicate Commonwealth War Grave status.

The Artists Rifles is a volunteer regiment of the British Army. Raised in London in 1859 as a volunteer light infantry unit, the regiment saw active service during the Boer Wars and World War I, earning a number of battle honours; however, it did not serve outside of Britain during World War II, as it was used as an officer training unit at that time and disbanded in 1945.

In 1947 it was re-established to resurrect the Special Air Service Regiment.

Today, the full title of the Regiment is 21 Special Air Service Regiment (Artists) (Reserve).


Sources:Personal research, CWG

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