Rex Davis

Captain Reginald Graham Davis MBE MC (7 November 1890 1 December 1951), known as Rex Davis, was a British soldier, silent film actor and sportsman.[1]


Davis was born in Keymer, Sussex, in 1890. According to one source, he got his start in films because he was a good amateur boxer.[2] He also played field hockey for the Richmond Hockey Club.

Davis had done several movies by the time the First World War broke out in August 1914. In July 1918, he was awarded the Military Cross "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty."[3][4][5]

He was the Conservative candidate in the by-election of 1932 for Wednesbury, but was defeated by Labour politician John Banfield.

Davis stayed in the military and was promoted to Captain. In the 1943 Birthday Honours, he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire.[6] He died in East Wittering, Sussex, in 1951, after a painful illness.[7]

Selected filmography


  1. "Rex Davis". British Film Institute. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  2. The Silent Picture, Issues 5–16 (1969), p. 34: "A man called Rex Davis; this was the first of my scripts that he had acted in. He wasn't an actor, he was a boxer, an amateur boxer, and that was what we required in The Knockout."
  3. "No. 8457". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 July 1918. p. 30801.
  4. Napper, L. (2015). The Great War in Popular British Cinema of the 1920s: Before Journey's End. Springer. p. 123. ISBN 9780230371712. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  5. McFarlane, Brian (2016). The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition. Oxford University Press. p. 188. ISBN 9781526111975. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  6. "No. 36033". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 May 1943. p. 2427.
  7. "Deaths". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 3 December 1951. p. 1.


  • Bamford, Kenton. Distorted Images: British National Identity and Film in the 1920s. I.B. Tauris, 1999.

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