Wartime Heritage ASSOCIATION
Remembering World War II John Henry Davis Royal Canadian Air Force
John Henry Davis Aircraftman 2nd Class R/176888 Royal Canadian Air Force August 5, 1924 Halifax, Nova Scotia August 19, 1942 Halifax, Nova Scotia Halifax, Nova Scotia 18 5 feet, 11½ inches Fair Blue Brown Single Student Church of England Joseph Thomas Davis (Father) Halifax, Nova Scotia September 24, 1942 18 Halifax (Camp Hill) Cemetery, Nova Scotia Sec. E Lot 25. Div. 5.
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John Henry Davis was the son of Joseph Thomas Davis and Cecilia Davis of Halifax, NS. John completed grade 11 at St. Marys College in Halifax in 1942 and was a student at the time of his enlistment. He worked as a mail sorter at the Halifax Post Office at Christmas in 1940, a clerk at Eaton Company Limited, Halifax in the summer months of 1941 and a bookkeeper for T V Davis, Halifax in the summer of 1942 prior to enlistment. From 1939 through 1942 he was a member of the Nelson Sea Cadets and the only member of the Cadet Corps to hold the rank of Midshipman and Instructor. He owned and operated his own sloop for five years. Yachting and swimming was his most extensive sporting activities; however, he also played softball and hockey, skied and boxed. On application to the RCAF, John indicated an interest in Marine Corps of the RCAF and was recommended for Standard Motorboat Crewman. On August 27, 1942 he was taken on strength at No. 5 Manning Depot, Lachine, Quebec, for training. On September 22, John Davis was admitted to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, suffering from sever abdominal pain. His condition deteriorated rapidly. Despite numerous attempts to improve his condition, he died at 8:35 pm on September 24, 1942 due to acute enteritis. Aircraftman 2nd Class Davis was buried in the Camp Hill Cemetery, Halifax,