Davies, Daniel

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Daniel Davies

310050, Bombardier, 1/1st Welsh (Carnarvonshire) Battery Royal Garrison Artillery (Territorial Force)
Died of wounds after discharge, 20 October 1919, aged 26
Buried at Bebington Cemetery

CWGC registered (Son of William and Joanna Davies, of 57, Beverley Rd, New Ferry, Birkenhead)


Daniel Davies was born in 1893 in Llandudno. He was the son of William Henry Davies and his wife Joanna (née Jones). The baptismal register for the Parish of Llandudno records that when Daniel was baptised on 3 January 1894, the family’s address was 8 St. George’s Place, Back Madoc Street, Llandudno and that William Henry Davies was a labourer. The Census of Wales 1901 records that the family had recently moved to 4 Penygelli Road, Bersham, Wrexham: William Davies was a coalminer and Daniel had two brothers and three sisters, all born at Llandudno, recorded at the time. However, by 1911, the family had moved back to Llandudno and now included another daughter and a son, the latter born three years earlier at Llandudno. The family’s address was now 5 Bryn y Gwynt, Llandudno; William Henry was a labourer, Joanna a qualified midwife; and Daniel (17) a road labourer.

At a time and place unknown, Daniel Davies joined the Welsh (Carnarvonshire) Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery Territorial Force. He was issued a new number, 310050, in early 1917 though his previous number, which might have identified his enlistment date, is still unknown. Since the earlier number is not on his medal roll, then it was probably in 1917 that he disembarked in France joining the 1/1st Battery.

Little is known about Daniel’s service in France; though his medal index card indicates that he held the rank of driver on disembarkation. When he was promoted to bombardier is unknown. On 12 July 1918, he was admitted to No 83 General Hospital at Boulogne with severe broncho-pneumonia.

After the war, Daniel lived with his brother John Henry Davies at 57 Beverley Road, New Ferry, Birkenhead and was employed as a builder’s labourer. He died on 20 October 1919 aged 26 at the Liverpool Royal Infirmary of empyema and septicaemia – Commonwealth War Grave Commission records indicate that this was a result of him being wounded. He was buried five days later at Bebington Cemetery.

Known memorials:

  • Llandudno Roll of Honour
  • Llandudno War Memorial
  • Memorial Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno

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