John Davis was the extra 2nd baker of the Titanic. He died in the sinking.
He was born in Gosport, Hampshire, England in 1883 and his birth was registered in the September quarter of that year. He was the son of George Davis (b. 1849 in Winton, Wiltshire) and Rebecca Streets (b. 1845 in Cork, Ireland) who had married in Hampshire in 1867. His father was a Corporal in the Royal Marines and as such the family appear to have moved around frequently, spending periods in Queenstown, Cork; Hull, Dorset and Hampshire.
John had nine known siblings: George (b. 1870), Amelia (b. 1871), Stephen (b. 1873), William (b. 1875), Kate (b. 1877), Henry (b. 1880), Frederick (b. 1882), Rebecca Agnes (b. 1883) and Albert (b. 1888).
John first appears on the 1891 census when he and his family are living at the George Inn, Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset, his father now retired from the Royal Marines and working as a licensed victualler. He and his family do not show up on the 1901 census.
John was married in late 1910 in Southampton to Eliza "Lily" Blanche Hunt (b. 22 December 1891 in St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, daughter of Samuel Hugh Hunt and Catherine Burke). They would have a son, John Samuel later in 1911 on 18 September.
On the 1911 census John and his new bride are listed at the home of his parents-in-law and their family at 19 Eastfield Road, St Denys, Hampshire and he is described as a baker on sea liners.
He was on board the Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton. When he signed-on again, in Southampton, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 19 Eastfield Road, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. As extra second baker he received monthly wages of £5. Also serving aboard was his elder brother, able-bodied Stephen James Davis.
After the ship collided with the iceberg, Chief Baker Joughin ordered him and the 12 other bakers to get provisions to the lifeboats. They took all spare breads from the larder and trooped to the Boat Deck, with each of them carrying 4 loaves of bread.
Davis died in the sinking. His body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#200) and he was buried at sea on 24 April 1912.
The following death notice appears in the Hampshire Independent (unknown date):
John's widow Eliza was remarried three times, firstly in 1915 to Harry Atkinson who passed away in 1917 aged 23. She remarried the following year to Albert E. Young who died in 1927. Her final marriage was in 1928 to Frank Ernest Colverson (1895-1976). She died in 1973 in Southampton.
John's son John Samuel was later married, in 1934, to Violet Alice Henty (1910-2004). He died in Cornwall in 1990.