Davies, Hugh

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Hugh Davies

201156, Private, 1/5th The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) (Territorial Force)
Killed in action, 20 September 1917, aged 29
Buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium

CWGC registered (Husband of Mrs A Davies, of No 3 Flat, York Mansions, 25, Vaughan St, Llandudno.)

Hugh Davies was born at Colwyn Bay on 17 October 1887. He was the son of Robert Davies and Annie Davies (née Williams). The Census of Wales for 1891 records the family living at “Efail Tywyn”, Llanrhos – Robert Davies is described as a platelayer. Ten years later, the family lived at 2 Brooklands Villa, Llanrhos. On 26 March 1911, Hugh, a carriage cleaner for the London and Northwestern Railway, joined the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants at Llandudno Junction. The Census for that year records the family having moved to “Crossing Cottage”, Bryniau Road, Llandudno – the site of the present railway bridge. In early 1914, Hugh married Annie Hughes (b Llandudno 26 Oct 1894), sister of Robert John Hughes (qv) at Merthyr Tydfil and they had a daughter, Nancy, born later that year.

Hugh Davies joined The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) on 29 January 1915. His regimental number was 3397 and he probably initially served in the 2/5th Battalion, Territorial Force. The frontline battalion, the 1/5th, disembarked in France in February 1915 and Hugh joined it in February 1916. In 1917, the Territorial Force was renumbered and Hugh’s new regimental number was 201156.

Hugh Davies was killed in action on 20 September 1917 aged 29 during an attack near Pommern Castle, east of Ypres, when 45 officers and men of the 1/5th were killed. He was buried near where he fell but was reinterred in the Tyne Cot Cemetery in 1919, his body being identified by his identity disk which still bore his old regimental number of 3397.

Hugh’s widow, Annie Davies, lived with her father and brother in Llandudno in 1939.

Known memorials:

  • Llandudno Roll of Honour
  • Llandudno War Memorial
  • Memorial Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno
  • Llanrhos Parish War Memorial, All Saints’ Church, Deganwy

Note: Hugh Davies is not in the LNWR Roll of Honour which indicates he may not have been employed by the company when he joined up.

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