Davenport was a regular soldier who had been in India for 12 months, when War was declared in August 1914. The Battalion did not arrive back in the UK until the middle of November 1914. He had time for a few days leave back in Stockport before going to France on 21 December
His father, also called Davenport, had married Emily Lewis at St Mary's Church, Reddish in the first quarter of 1882. Their son was born several years later but, as he was named after his father, he was probably their first son. The older Davenport died in the early part of 1891 and it is not known if he ever knew his son who was also born that year.
As a boy, Davenport attended St Thomas' School and the family also worshipped there. When old enough, he found work as a vanman for Bowler & Dutton Ltd, Kinder Street, Stockport. At the age of 17 or 18, he decided to join the army and, still as a very young man, he got married in 1908 to Edith Robinson.
On the day he was killed, Davenport and his comrades were in trenches near Ypres. He was, almost certainly, killed by shellfire. If he took a direct hit, then there may have been nothing left of him to bury. If his comrades managed to bury him, this would have been just behind the front line. Many of these small battlefield burial areas were destroyed by artillery shelling in the remaining years of the War. Whatever the case with Davenport, he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at Ieper.
In the early 1920s, when the War Graves Commssion collated its casualty information, Emily Pennington was living at 5 Walton Street, Stockport. Edith Pennington was at 196 Clowes Street, West Gorton, Manchester. It's not known if this the home she shared with Davenport.