|1. Memorial:||Hooge Crater Cemetery||XIV.G.7|
Awards & Titles:
Family :Son of William Davis, of 2, Clifden Rd., Brentford, Middx. Accountant (1914).
- The First World War 1914-1918, World-wide.
|Unit :||225th Bn. Machine Gun Corps|
|Action :||The Battles of Ypres 1917 (Third Ypres, or Passchendaele)|
31 July - 10 November 1917. By the summer of 1917 the British Army was able for the first time to fight on its chosen ground on its terms. Having secured the southern ridges of Ypres at Messines in June, the main attack started on 31st July 1917 accompanied by what seemed like incessant heavy rain, which coupled with the artillery barrages conspired to turn much of the battlefield into a bog. Initial failure prompted changes in the high command and a strategy evolved to take the ring of ridges running across the Ypres salient in a series of 'bite and hold' operations, finally culminating in the capture of the most easterly ridge on which sat the infamous village of Passchendaele. The Official History carries the footnote ?The clerk power to investigate the exact losses was not available? but estimates of British casualties range from the official figure of 244,000 to almost 400,000. Within five months the Germans pushed the British back to the starting line, which was where they had been since May 1915.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Saint John's No. 167 E.C.||London|
14th July 1914
8th September 1914
13th October 1914
This record, for some time showed E.B. Davis as a Joining member of Maguncor. In the index of the Book – The Masonic Roll of Honour – Page 120, it shows two lodges listed for E.B. Davis : 167 & 3806. In Part 1, it shows him listed for St. John’s on Page 7 but then not on page 113 for Maguncor. The work of Bruce and Vern Littley prove that, date of death is 1st August 1917 and that as Maguncor was not consecrated until 20th September, this E.B. Davis could not have joined that lodge.
The records of the St. John Lodge No. 167 shows war service from 1917 - 1918 before being "Killed in Action".
The project globally acknowledges the following as sources of information for research across the whole database:
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The (UK) National Archives
- Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History online
- ugle.org.uk - The records of the United Grand Lodge of England including the Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Book : 1921 - Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918 - Oxford Univ. Press Document : 1933 - Masonic Roll of Honour - Freemasons' Hall Vestibule - United Grand Lodge of England Researcher : Bruce Littley