Christopher Davenport (MM), Private 45598, 15th Bn. Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 20th April 1918 in France, aged 29
Christopher Davenport was born in Higher Sutton, Macclesfield, in 1888, the son of Mary Ellen and John Matthew Davenport. He was educated at Sutton St James School.
Christopher married Florence Mary Bradbury at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield on 2 June 1915.
Christopher attested in Macclesfield on 12 December 1915 and was mobilised on 17 August 1916. After training, he was drafted to France, leaving from Southampton on 6 January 1917 and arriving at Le Havre the next day.
Christopher was awarded the Military Medal; the news was printed in the Macclesfield Times on 26 April 1918:
Mrs Davenport, 37 Newhall St, Macclesfield, has received a letter from her husband, Pte C Davenport, Ches Regt, stating he has been awarded the Military Medal for good work in a recent battle. Educated at Sutton St James’ School, Pte Davenport is 29 years of age and was formerly connected with the Parish Church, being a member of the Men’s Bible Class. He joined the Army nearly two years ago, being at the time employed at Messrs Abrahams’ dyeworks. Pte Davenport went out to France over twelve months ago and was home on leave last February. Three brothers-in-law, the sons of Mr and Mrs S Bradbury, are serving.
Just two weeks later, on 20 April 1918, Christopher was killed in action. The Macclesfield Times announced the sad news on 3 May 1918:
Pte C Davenport, Ches Regt, who was recently awarded the Military Medal for good work in France, is unofficially reported killed. He met his death on the day his wife received the news of his distinction… Pte Davenport… was drafted out the France over a year ago… He was interested in cricket, being a member of the Oak Grove and Langley Clubs…
Private Christopher Davenport is buried at Martinsart British Cemetery, France, in grave ref. I. D. 5. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Christopher Davenport, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Locally, Private Christopher Davenport is commemorated on the Macclesfield Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials, and on the Sutton Walker Lane, St James’ Church and School war memorials.
WWI British Army Service Records 1914-1920 (Find My Past)
Soldiers Died in the Great War (Find My Past)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 26 April 1918, 3 May 1918