A World War Two kit bag

Sometimes the story of where an item comes from can add interest to the item. This recently donated item is a World War two RAF kit bag.

A World War Two RAF kitbag

A World War Two RAF kitbag

This was found under the eaves in a loft. The house was on Northbrook Close and it certainly must have been there for more than forty years and probably much longer. The person who found it saw the name and wondered whether it had anything to do with our village newsagent. Keith Davis, the newsagent, has the same name as that on the kit bag. He obviously shared thoughts with his sister and they knew it belonged to their father. It was Keith’s sister who brought it to the museum.

Our electoral register drawn up in 1963 shows the owner of this bag, L F Davis living at 39 Northbrook. This is the very loft it was found in although the address is now Northbrook Close.

Lionel Frederick Edward Davis was born in 1918.  His parents, Frank and Annie lived at The Rest on Northbrook. They would have been the occupants when the photo we showed yesterday was taken.

We have yet to discover what Fred actually did in World War II, but the kit bag was issued to Leading Aircraftman Davis L F. so he was clearly promoted.

The back of the bag has a hand written message which is very hard to read but appears to have the same number but may say Sgt Davis of North Brook, Market Lavington

Hand written message on the bag may indicate a further promotion for Market Lavington man, Fred Davis

Hand written message on the bag may indicate a further promotion for Market Lavington man, Fred Davis

Fred, as he was known, became the village newsagent. He was just 66 when he died in 1985.

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