Davis, Herbert Gough


War Service:
Lieutenant HERBERT GOUGH DAVIS of the 3rd battalion Norfolk Regiment died on 14 February 1915, aged 37. He was a South African War veteran.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the war memorial at St Mildred’s church, Lee and Victoria Falls Cenotaph. (Image to the right) He is buried in the churchyard at Dranouter, near Ypres.

He was the son of Arthur Downey Owen (c. 1832 Milford Haven - 1909) and Hannah Rebeckah Davis c. 1843 - 1923), of 5 Woodville Road, Blackheath. His death was reported in The Times of 22 February 1915.

Research on the Victoria Falls Cenotaph states:
Lieutenant Herbert Gough DAVIS, The Norfolk Regiment, was also an Assistant Native Commissioner but shortly before the outbreak of war was severely mauled by a leopard, both arms being broken. Africans carried him for three and a half days,150 miles to Mongu where Davis arrived raving. He was patched up by John Smith, a Government Veterinary Officer and sent on down the Zambezi to reach Livingstone Hospital two weeks later. Sent to England on sick leave Davis obtained a captaincy in 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion, The Norfolk Regiment only to die on 14 February 1915 aged 37. He is buried in Dranouter Churchyard. ('Vet in Africa, Life on the Zambezi 1913-1933', John Smith ed Tony Bagnall Smith, Radcliffe Press 1997 p210.


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