Ivor Theophilus Davies, 22 June 1915

Ivor Theophilus Davies was killed in action 100 years ago, on the 22nd June 1915.

He was born in Hampstead, London on October 4th 1894, the third son of Mr and Mrs T A Davies and lived in Southgate. He had a long Oundle career, entering the recently opened Berrystead in September 1905 at the age of 10. He moved to Laxton House two years later.

While at Oundle he was a keen sportsman. He played in the School fives team alongside Eric Yarrow and in 1913, the School team beat the Masters 274-139. All six of the School team went off to fight in the War and four were killed. In the Masters team that day, two would fall in action – Francis Norbury and George Tryon.

Ivor Davies also helped Laxton to win the Senior fives competition; stroked the House IV, appeared in the House shooting team and was commander of the Laxton cadet corps. He was also a School Prefect and then Head of House and played for the cricket XI in the summer of 1913. In the Sixth Form he studied science and went up to Caius College, Cambridge to study medicine. He left the college after just a year to do his bit in the War.

He was given a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and with them he journeyed to France and to the Western Front. He was killed in action at Bellewarde, near Hooge on 22nd June 1915, as the Allies attempted to expand the Ypres salient. Unusually, he was buried by the Germans but his body was not found when the War ended and his name is now inscribed on the Menin Gate.

Ivor Theophilus Davies was just 20 years old at the time of his death.

Colin Pendrill
Yarrow Fellow