Click below for full citation

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Stumble Upon Share on Tumblr Share on Reddit Share on Digg Share via e-mail Print
 Home A-Z Index Number Search Contact Us

VC731   Joseph John Davies

BORN   28 April 1889

DIED   16 February 1976   AGE   86

VC Won   20 July 1916   AGE   27

Place VC Won   Delville Wood, Somme, France

War/Campaign   First World War 1916

Name   Joseph John Davies   No.   10236, 34314, T1950 & 4103165   

VC Issue No.   731   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Royal Welch Fusiliers, 10th Battalion, D Company


Now   1st Battalion The Royal Welsh Regiment

Rank VC Won   Corporal

Rank End Of Career   Staff-Sergeant

Place Of Birth   Tipton, Staffordshire, England

Place Of Death   Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth, Dorset, England

Buried/Location Ashes   Evening Hill, overlooking Poole Harbour, Dorset, England

Cremated   Bournemouth Crematorium, Strouden Avenue, Dorset, England

Date Buried/Cremated   25 February 1976

Headstone   Ashes   Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   26 September 1916

VC Presented   7 October 1916 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England


P  Memorial Plaque, Greatbridge School, Tipton, Now at the Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, West Midlands

P  Blue Plaque, The Kings Arms, Toll End Road, Tipton, Staffordshire

P  Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, War Memorial, Victoria Park, Victoria Road, Tipton, Staffordshire

P  Davies Court, Barracks Field Estate, off Kingsmill Road, Hightown, Wrexham, Clwyd, Wales

P  Memorial Stone At Site Of VC Action,  Deville Wood, Somme, France

By The Way…

For a brief time he served in the Camel Corps in Egypt

VC Held By

Regimental Museum of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, The Queen's Tower, Caernarfon Castle, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Wales



VC 730 VC 732
VC 730
VC 732

Prior to an attack in Delville Wood, he became separated from the rest of his company along with 8 other men and on a second counter attack by the enemy they became completely surrounded. He got them into a shell hole and by throwing bombs and opening rapid fire they succeeded in routing the enemy and he even bayoneted several of the enemy as they retreated

The First World War

View Larger Map