Davies, John

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John Davies

38193, Private, 9th South Wales Borderers
Died of illness, 9 April 1916, aged 34
Buried at Llanrhos Churchyard

CWGC registered (Son of John Davies, of Station Hotel Cottage, Llandudno Junction)

John Davies is not one of the Llandudno war dead. His biography is included because he was buried within the boundary of the former Llandudno Urban District. His name should appear on the Llandudno Junction War Memorial but it does not.

John Davies, the son of John and Ann Davies was born in Llanasa, Flintshire in December 1881. John Davies (senior) was a farm labourer and the family lived at Drws Yr Erw”.  John (junior) had a brother Thomas (b 1880) and a stepbrother William Roberts Jones (b c1874). The Census of Wales for 1891 records the family living at 2 Marl Bach, Llanrhos; John now had another brother, Hugh (b c1883). All the brothers were recorded as scholars. Ten years later, the family lived at 4 Rathbone Terrace, Llanrhos – John (junior) was employed as a domestic gardener. In 1911, the family lived at “Station Hotel Cottage”, Llandudno Junction. John (junior) was now employed as a general labourer.

It is not known precisely when John Davies enlisted into the army though it may have been around the end of 1915. He enlisted at Conway and joined the South Wales Borderers. His regimental number was 38193. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was in the 8th (Service) Battalion SWB whilst Commonwealth War Grave Commission records state the 9th (Second Reserve) Battalion SWB. Since the 8th SWB were in Salonica by the end of 1915 and because John Davies is not recorded in the medal rolls, then he almost certainly served with the 9th SWB which from April 1915 had been at Kinmel Park near Rhyl.

John Davies died on 9 April 1916 of pneumonia at Bangor Military Hospital. He was buried at Llanrhos Churchyard.

Known memorials: (none known)

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