Born in Wheatley, known as Jim, and baptised in St Mary's Church on 2 September 1888, son of Isaac Davis, agricultural labourer born in Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire and Martha nee Gould, born in Wheatley. They were living on High Street in 1891, on Crown Road in 1901 and 1911. Jim is recorded as having attended the Chapel Sunday School in 1902. He was working as a carpenter in 1911. He signed his Attestation papers on 11 December 1915 at Cowley Barracks, giving his occupation as sawyer's apprentice. He was a Private and his Regimental No. was 47955. In 1917 the 5 Worcesters were posted to base camp in India. He was discharged in Salonika on 15 December 1918 and posted to 9 Battalion for demobilisation on 3 December 1919. In 1921 he was living on Friday's Lane with his mother Martha.
He was living at 6 Crown Road.