Davis, John Philip Wilfred Henry


He was the elder son of Wilfrid Henry Davis, of ‘The Kirkstyles’, Duffield, Derby, and Julia Skipworth Davis, daughter of John Edward Hornsby of Llandudno. His brother was Wilfrid Bruce Davis (H1938-1940).  From Bramcote, Scarborough, he came in 1935 to Culver’s Close (Mr. Robinson’s House).   He brought with him a great reputation as a football player; the promise was fulfilled when he gained his Sixes Cap in 1936 and held it for three years. In 1938 and 1939 he played full back for 2nd Soccer XI; the fact that he failed to achieve higher distinction was probably due to an interminable series of accidents and injuries that frequently left him out of action for weeks at a time.  On leaving Winchester he worked for some time at the engineering works of BTH near Rugby.

In 1941 he joined the Royal Corps of Signals, and was acting as second-in-command of a Signals Section when, on June 14th 1942, he was killed in a motor accident, at the age of twenty-one. Shortly before his death – on April 9th 1942 – he had married Miss Pamela Segrave Sumner (daughter of the Reverend F.R. Pinfold Sumner, Rector of Bitterley, Shropshire), who was with him when the accident occurred.

He is buried in grave L40, Duffield Cemetery.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Davis
  • Forenames or initials: John Philip Wilfred Henry
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1935-1939
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Corps of Signals
  • Date of Birth: 20th February 1921
  • Date of Death: 14th June 1942
  • How Died: Killed in an Accident
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner A2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Duffield Cemetery, Derbyshire