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Charles Edward Davis
Private - Service Number 12/3973

Charles Edward Davis, always known as Eddie, was the only son of Charles and Mary Davis. After schooling in Cambridge he became a timber worker. His joining up details give an address in Auckland: 8 Edwin Street, Mount Eden, and Eddie joined the Auckland Regiment and served in the Second Battalion. He sailed as part of the 10th reinforcement and travelled to France.
He was wounded on the Somme and spent five months in hospital after injury. In June, 1917, his unit was involved in the Messines offensive and this was his undoing. The Second Battalion was involved in fighting around the Moulin del'Hospice and suffered heavy casualties with 156 killed. Eddie was one of those casualties. He was aged 22 and was buried in the Messines Ridge Cemetery, Block II Row C Grave 29.