Honorary Chaplain W.H. Davis

“In a remembrance when his death was announced, comrades recalled his concern for both allied and German soldiers. He was awarded the M.C. for his actions during Passchendaele , when with a Red Cross flag attached to his cane he tended every soldier he encountered.”

During the battle at Passhendaele, Captain Davis often found himself searching for wounded in no man’s land. On one occasion, he took out a party of seventy stretcher-bearers and reported, “Some Germans came forward and looking down into a shell hole, presumably tried to draw our attention, then walked away. A little later they returned, and noticing that we had not understood, they held up a Canadian steel helmet so that we might see it. They then placed it upon a rifle and walked away, When one of our party went to the spot he found two Canadian wounded whom the enemy had dressed. We in turn carried their wounded forward, and returned as enemy bearers cane to take them off our hands.”

It was while leading one of these stretcher-bearer parties, near the village of Quesnal, that Davis was killed. He is buried in the village cemetery. He was from King’s County, Ireland and on his marker is the inscription “Till he comes.”