Clyde Edward Davis
Clyde Edward Carrington Davis ('Joe') was born on 22 Aug 1886 in Junee, NSW, Australia. He was the son of Richard and Louisa Davis of Auburn, NSW. [He was also known as Edward Clyde Carrington Davis.]
He attended Auburn Public School and became a blacksmith. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 30 Aug 1915 at the age of 28 years 11 months. His regimental number was 3752. He was just over 5' 6" tall, with light blue eyes and dark brown hair. He embarked at Sydney on board the 'Suevic' in Dec 1915.
He was initially appointed to the 13th Battalion then transferred to the 4th Australian Pioneers Unit. His work included constructing rail and tram lines, trenches and enclosures for prisoners of war in France.
Joe received multiple shell wounds on 29 Aug 1916 in 'Peg's Trench' between Pozieres and Mouquet Farm in the Somme. He died at the 44th Casualty Clearing Station on 31 Aug 1916, aged 30.
He was buried in the Puchevillers British Cemetery near Doullens, northeast of Amiens, France.
In a tribute published in the Cumberland Argus on 30 Sep 1916, Joe Davis was described as 'very popular and widely known throughout the Cumberland districts'.
According to family stories, a large photograph of Joe Davis hung for many years in the hallway of the Davis family home in Short Street, Auburn. Sadly we were unable to find any surviving photographs of this brave young soldier in the family's albums. However, with the help of Kerry McConnell, we have been delighted to find an excellent photograph of Joe Davis in a book on World War 1 soldiers.
In 1919, the Cumberland Argus invited the parents of soldiers, and the soldiers themselves, of the Parramatta district to provide photographs of those who served in the Great War. The resulting book, 'Parramatta and District Soldiers who fought in the Great War, 1914-1919', published in 1920, contains nearly 2000 photographs. The book has been beautifully archived by the Parramatta Heritage Centre. One of its photographs shows Clyde E. (Joe) Davis:
The photograph of Clyde Edward (Joe) Davis that appears on page 231 of the book,'Parramatta and District Soldiers who fought in the Great War, 1914-1919', archived by the Parramatta Heritage Centre.