Stanley Wyman DAVIS


DAVIS, Stanley Wyman

Service Number: 18351
Enlisted: 15 November 1916
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: Reinforcements WW1
Born: Armadale, Victoria, Australia, 1895
Home Town: Elsternwick, Glen Eira, Victoria
Schooling: Haileybury College, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Architechtural Draughtsman
Died: Pneumonia, At sea - buried at Sea, in North Atlantic, 28 September 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Haileybury College HB, Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton
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World War 1 Service

15 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 18351, Reinforcements WW1
Date unknown: Involvement SN 18351

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Francis Lilian DAVIS of 36 Horne Street, Elsternwick, Vic.

Stanley enlisted in the Engineers Corps, but unfortunately died from an attack of pneumonia just before his transport reached England.  A weak knee, which had troubled hiim at school, had hindered his joining up as soon as he wished, but he managed to overcome the medical difficulty in the conscription 'scare' and was passed as fit.  He was a member of both first eleven and first eighteen.  He was a wonderfully clever footballer and first-class cricketer.  He played in the Champion team of 1911 at Haileybury College.


Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland 

Died on this date – 28th September…… Stanley Richard Wyman Davis was born at Armadale, Victoria in 1895.

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 15th November, a 21 year old, single, Architectural Draughtsman from Elsternwick, Victoria.
Private Stanley Wyman Davis was posted to 18th Reinforcements of 23rd Battalion on 13th November, 1916 at Royal Park for recruit training. He was transferred to 2nd Depot Battalion at Royal Park on 18th November, 1916 then transferred to Engineer Reinforcements at Seymour on 30th November, 1916 with the rank of Sapper. Sapper Davis was transferred to Engineer Depot, Moore Park, Sydney, New South Wales on 13th January, 1917.

He was written up for “Insulting words” on 22nd May, 1917 while posted at Engineer Depot, Moore Park, NSW. He was fined 10/.

On 2nd August, 1917 Sapper Davis, Service number 18351, embarked from Sydney, NSW on HMAT Miltiades (A28) on 2nd August, 1917 with the Field Companies Engineers – April, 1917 Reinforcements.

Australian Engineers in the First World War
Engineers, also known as sappers, were essential to the running of the war. Without them, other branches of the Allied Forces would have found it difficult to cross the muddy and shell-ravaged ground of the Western Front. Their responsibilities included constructing the lines of defence, temporary bridges, tunnels and trenches, observation posts, roads, railways, communication lines, buildings of all kinds, showers and bathing facilities, and other material and mechanical solutions to the problems associated with fighting in all theatres.

(Description of Engineers Information from The Australian War Memorial)

He was admitted to Ship’s Hospital on 16th September, 1917.

Sapper Stanley Wyman Davis died at 12.15 am on 28th September, 1917 while at Sea on board H.M.A.T. Miltiades on voyage from Halifax to England from Pneumonia.

He was buried at Sea, in North Atlantic, at 11 am on 28th September, 1917. He is commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Hampshire, England as he has no grave. His death is acknowledged by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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