16 March 1886 – 31 July 1917:-
James was born in Ebbw Vale, Glamorgan and was employed as a miner at Wyndham Colliery, Ogmore Vale. He was married with four children.
In the early years of the First World War he served in Egypt but was evacuated back to Britain after contracting typhoid. In 1917 he was posted to France with the 13th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
On 31st July 1917 at Polygon Wood, France, during an attack on the enemy’s line, this non-commissioned officer pushed through our own barrage and single-handed attacked a machine gun emplacement, after several men had been killed in attempting to take it. He bayoneted one of the machine gun crew and brought in another man, together with the captured gun. Cpl. Davies, although wounded, then led a bombing party to the assault of a defended house, and killed a sniper who was harassing his platoon.
He sadly died of his wounds and was buried in Canada Farm Cemetery, Elverdinge, Belgium. His Victoria Cross was presented to his wife and eldest son by King George V at Buckingham Palace on 20 October 1917. It is held at the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum at Caernarfon Castle.