John Davis (British Army officer)

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Sir John Davis
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General Sir John Davis
Born27 April 1832[1]
County Dublin, Ireland
Died5 October 1901(1901-10-05) (aged 69)
Shean, Ballycroy, County Mayo[2]
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1852–1898
Commands held1st Infantry Brigade at Malta
Dublin District
Southern District
Battles/warsIndian Rebellion
Mahdist War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Major-General Sir John Davis KCB (27 April 1832 – 5 October 1901) was an Irish officer in the British Army who became General Officer Commanding the Southern District.

Early life and education[edit]

Davis was the son of John Davis, of the Park, Rathfarnham, County Dublin, and his wife, Martha, he was baptised at St Andrew's Catholic Church.[3] He was educated at Cheltenham College.[2]

Military career[edit]

Davis was commissioned as an ensign in the 35th (Royal Sussex) Regiment of Foot in 1852 and saw action during the Indian Rebellion in 1857,[4] he was present at the First and Second Battles of El Teb in February 1884 and commanded the 2nd Brigade at the Battle of Tamai in March 1884 during the Mahdist War.[5] He became Commander of the troops at Malta in 1884,[6] Commander of the 1st Infantry Brigade at Malta in April 1886 and General Officer Commanding Dublin District in January 1888,[7] he went on to be General Officer Commanding the Southern District, at Portsmouth, in November 1893 before retiring in November 1898.[7]

In 1900 he was given the colonelcy of the Royal Sussex Regiment, which he held until his death the following year.[8]


  1. ^ Cheltenham College Register, 1841-1889. Bell. 1890. p. 84. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Obituary: General Sir John Davis". The Times; the Times Digital Archive. 7 October 1901. p. 4.
  3. ^ Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1655–1915
  4. ^ "Memorial at Whitechurch, County Dublin". Ireland Genealogy Project Archives. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  5. ^ Raugh, p. 317
  6. ^ Obituary - General Sir John Davis" The Times (London). Monday, 7 October 1901. (36579), p. 4.
  7. ^ a b "Army Commands" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "The Royal Sussex Regiment [UK]". Archived from the original on 4 January 2006. Retrieved 28 February 2016.


  • Raugh, Harold (2004). The Victorians at War, 1815-1914: An Encyclopedia of British Military History. ABC-Clio. ISBN 978-1576079256.
Military offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Connaught and Strathearn
GOC Southern District
Succeeded by
Sir Baker Russell