Davies, Ivor

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Ivor Davies

229490, Gunner, 251st Brigade Royal Field Artillery (Territorial Force)
Died whilst a prisoner of war, 8 July 1918, aged 30
Buried at Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany

CWGC registered (no family details)

Ivor Davies, the son of John and Ellinor Davies, was born in Llandudno on 13 April 1888. The Census of Wales for 1891 records the family living at 6 Gloddaeth Crescent, Llandudno: John Davies employed as a mason and Ivor (2) the youngest of eight children. From 1895 until 1902, Ivor attended Lloyd Street School, Llandudno. Both the 1901 and 1911 censuses record Ivor living at the same address – in the latter he is recorded as a plumber. In 1915, Ivor married Phoebe Jones of Old Colwyn and their son Hugh N Davies was born in 1917.

It would appear that Ivor and Jane lived in Old Colwyn as that is stated in the publication Soldiers Died in the Great War. Little else is known about Ivor’s service career though it is known that he enlisted at Wrexham and his service number was 229490. This indicates that he was probably called up in 1916 or 1917. His unit when he was taken prisoner on 27 May 1918 was the 251st Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery. This was a Territorial Force first line brigade in the 50th Division. On the day he was taken prisoner, the Germans made a major attack now known as the Third Battle of the Aisne and the 50th Division was pushed back. German records indicate that Ivor was captured at “Marne”, had been wounded in the thigh and was moved to Giessen POW Camp in Germany. His wife’s address was recorded as “Church Walk”, Colwyn Bay.

Ivor Davies died as a result of gas poisoning on 8 July 1918 aged 30. He was buried at Giessen Military Cemetery. In 1923, his body was reinterred at Niederzwehren Cemetery.

Known memorials:

  • Llandudno Roll of Honour
  • Llandudno War Memorial
  • Memorial Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno
  • Tabernacl Welsh Baptist Chapel, Llandudno
  • Old Colwyn War Memorial

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