John Davies was born at Bootle c 1895. He was the youngest son of William and Martha Davies. His father was a house joiner.
He had four older brothers; Peter Jones (b 1878), David (b 1879), William Owen (b 1885) and Evan Morris (b 1890).
His parents and two oldest brothers were born in Cardiganshire, Wales but by 1881 the family had moved to Liverpool and were living at 33 Beaconsfield Road, Walton.
By 1891 they had moved to 155 Rosalind Street, Kirkdale and this was still the family home in 1901.
By the time of the 1911 census John's father had died and his widow and five sons were living at 9 College View, Bootle. John was still a schoolboy but his brothers were all employed as clerks.
In August 1919 his mother and brothers David and Owen were still living at 9 College View. Peter Davies was living at 105 Sydney Road, Bootle. John and his brother, William Owen, were both deceased.
John Davies' service records have survived. They show he enlisted in the army at Liverpool on the 4th November 1915 and joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at Wrexham a week later on the 10th November.
He was aged 20 years and 150 days. He was 5ft 7⅜ inches tall and weighed 131lbs. He was working as a clerk, his religion was Calvinistic Methodist and his next of kin was his mother, Martha, of 9 College View, Bootle.
He was posted overseas on the 14th March 1916 and was killed in action on the 27th August 1916.
A brief report on his death appeared in the Bootle Times on the 29th September 1916.
   We regret to learn that Pte. John Davis, of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, was killed in action on August 27th. He was an "old boy" of Christ Church School, and lived in College-view, Bootle.

Bootle Times 29th September 1916

His photo appeared in a history of Bootle Welsh Presbyterian Church entitled Camau'r cysegr: sef hanes eglwys y Methodistiaid Calfiniaidd, Stanley Road and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Liverpool Record Office.