Edwin B. Davis

  • Cadet
  • WW I


Edwin Davis was born in Cranston, Rhode Island on 26 July 1899.  He was the son of George Davis and Ida Howland.  He entered Rhode Island State College (RISC) in September 1917 with the class of 1921 majoring in Applied Science.  Edwin was active in AXA and participated in the Army ROTC Program while a student at RISC.

When the United States entered World War I, there were 562 male students enrolled at Rhode Island State College; 334 left to serve in WW I. Edwin, like so many of his classmates, departed college before he graduated and enlisted in the US Army.  Edwin left RISC in the summer of 1917 to attend Plattsburg Reserve Officer Training Camp.  During his training, Cadet Davis fell ill and was hospitalized.  Cadet Edwin B. Davis died, in the line of duty, in October 1918 from Spanish Influenza.  

 A military funeral was held at the Rhode Island Historical Cemetery in Providence, Rhode Island.  Cadet Edwin Baker Davis, US Army, answered the call to serve his nation with courage and honor during World War I.