Able Seaman Thomas Pounder Davis

Service Royal Navy Service No. 162870
Rank Able Seaman
Date of Birth: 08/04/1876
Date of Death: 19/04/1916
Memorial: Dawlish Memorial Inscription DAVIS THOS. SMN R.N. RESERVE

Service History

Thomas joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Seaman, 2nd class, on 17 September 1891 when he was sent to the Boy Seaman's training ship H.M.S.IMPREGNABLE. He was shown having the previous occupation of errand boy. At the age of 18 he signed on for “12 years” and served on various ships, being rated Able Seaman after three years.
On 30 March 1905 he moved to the Royal Fleet Reserve following a six month period in the Barracks at Devonport (H.M.S.VIVID). At this point he was given the service number R.F.R. Dev.B.929. He re-enrolled with the R.F.R. on 14th August 1910 for another five years w.e.f. 30.3.10.

On the outbreak of war he was called up for service in the Royal Navy once more with his original service number 162870. Thomas Davis' service on H.M.S.HILARY ends on 31 March 1916 when he was transferred to the strength of H.M.S.VIVID.

From the ship's log of H.M.S.HILARY for 1 April 1916 - 10.0am: 1 AB sent to hospital.
It seems very likely that this was A/B Davis as the ship proceeded on patrol and was at sea until after the date of Davis' death.

Thomas Pounder Davis died at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, on 19 April 1916 “from disease.” He was buried in Dawlish Cemetery, plot 2459.

Association with Dawlish

John George Davis (1853- ) married twice; first to Frances Ann Cox Pearce (1851 – 1881) in June 1871. and they had six children, one of which was Thomas Pounder Davis. In 1881 the family lived at 6 Church Street, Dawlish where John G Davis was a joiner.

Thomas Pounder Davis married Frances Lily Steer Leaman (1885-1937) in September 1906 in St Thomas district Exeter.
At the 1911 census they were living at 1 Church Cottages, Dawlish with four children, Beatrice, 4, Edith Mary, 3, Thomas William G, 1 and Frederick J L, 2 months. Thomas is shown as a gardener.

Devon Roll of Honour Davis, Thomas Able Seaman R.N. 19th April 1916 Edinburgh 162870
Additional Information Commonwealth War Graves Site

Next of Kin: Frances Lily Davis, widow. She married again in June quarter 1925 to Ernest Aggett and she died in December 1937.
Last Known Address: 5 Swan Court, Dawlish

Thomas Pounder Davis


News item August 6,1915 Davis sons

Headstone to Tom Davis in Dawlish Cemetery

Free BMD ( Royal Navy Log Books of the World War 1 Era HMS HILARY – December 1914 to March 1917, Northern Patrol (10th Cruiser Squadron))

Naval service record (National Archives, Kew)

refs via susbscription sites:

Census records.
UK RN & RM Graves Roll
SARAH_S family tree (Ancestry)
National Probate Calendar records.