Born Bathurst NSW, CoE. Enlisted 14 December 1915 age 21, boiler maker. Nok father, Alfred Davenport Fairlight St, Cottesloe. Embarked at Fremantle 6 June 1916 per A29 Suevic. Trained at the bombing School Lynhurst in England and served in France where, on 8 June 1917, he suffered a wound to his head and eye and was dangerously ill. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery; RTA for discharge October 1917. Citation: Charles Davenport, Military Medal – ‘at St Ives France: was a member of the company engaged on the removal of gas cylinders from front line on the 4th and 5th June. Throughout the whole of this arduous and dangerous operation Sgt Davenport displayed great resourcefulness. He carried cylinders and set a fine example of determination and devotion to duty to the men in his platoon. During the whole operation he was under exceptionally heavy shell fire and his actions are highly commended.’ Commonwealth of Australian Gazette No. 189 of 8 November 1917. Service medals and award: MM, 1914-1915 Star, BWM and VM.