Davis, Hugh De Lancey Noel


Hugh De Lancey Noel Davis was born  on 15th August 1909, the elder son of Dr Charles Noel Davis and Aileen Davis, the daughter of Alfred Wallington.   His younger brother was Rupert Fitzgerald Noel Davis (K 1935-1940).     He came to Kingsgate House from Mr Harcourt Clarke’s School, Packwood Haugh, Warwickshire in September 1923.  He was placed  in Middle Part II and continued Classics until he transferred to a Science division.  During his last year he was a House Prefect.   He gained a Scholarship in Science to University College, Oxford.

After taking his degree at Oxford he completed his medical training at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and joined the partnership at St Clement’s Practice with Dr Wainwright in Winchester,  thus retaining contact with his school.

On the outbreak of war he became Surgeon-Lieutenant, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and it was while serving at sea, on HMS Charybdis, that he was killed in action off the coast of Brittany on 22nd October 1943, when she sank with the loss of over 400 men, having been hit by two torpedoes from boats escorting a German blockade runner carrying supplies.

He is commemorated on Panel 84, Column 2 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Davis
  • Forenames or initials: Hugh de Lancey Noel
  • House: K
  • Years in School: 1923-1928
  • Rank: Surgeon Commander
  • Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
  • Date of Birth: 15th August 1909
  • Date of Death: 23rd October 1943
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner E2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Column 2, Panel 84