Davenport, Horace Birch
Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Service No: 5889
Boer War service: Not known
Date of enlistment: Jan 1899
Date of discharge: Aug 1907
Reason for discharge: Transfer to Reserves
Other information: Horace served in WW1 in the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, and was killed in action in 1915. Information about his WW1 service can be found on our Great War site
Born: 25th July 1881 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 26 August the same year in St. Alkmund’s Parish Church, Whitchurch.
Family: He was the fifth of eight children born to George Davenport, a tin plate worker, and his wife Mary Ann. He married Mabel Jones in 1911 in Whitchurch. Together they had two children, Joy and George Bernard Birch.
Residence: At the time of his baptism, the family were living in Highgate, Whitchurch; by 1891 they had moved to Farm Lane, Whitchurch. By 1901 they had moved to 32 Wrexham Road, although Horace was serving in South Africa
Employment: After the Boer War he was a groom.
Death: Horace was killed in action in WW1 on 9 August 1915 and was commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres. He is also commemorated on the Whitchurch Town memorial.