1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Joseph J Davies

Contributed by: Steven Latham, on 2008-11-16

Joseph John Davies
First Name Joseph J
Surname Davies
Year of Birth 1889
Year of Death 1972
Regiment Royal Welch Fusiliers
Place of Wartime Residence Tipton, West Midlands

Joseph J's Story

Joseph John Davies VC (28 April 1889- 23 February 1976) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

He was 27 years old, and a corporal in the 10th Battalion, The Royal Welch Fusiliers, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 20 July 1916 at Delville Wood, France, prior to an attack on the enemy, Corporal Davies and eight men became separated from the rest of the company. When the enemy delivered their second counterattack, the party was completely surrounded, but Corporal Davies got his men into a shell hole and by throwing bombs and opening rapid fire he succeeded in routing the attackers, and even followed and bayoneted them in their retreat.

He later achieved the rank of Staff-Sergeant.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum (Caernarfon Castle, Gwynedd, Wales).

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