Davies, Mervyn Sinclair

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Mervyn Sinclair Davies

61350, Private, 2nd Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Killed in action, 28 November 1917, aged 22
Buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium

CWGC registered (Son of David and Jane Davies, of “Leyburn,” Maelgwyn Rd, Llandudno)


Mervyn Sinclair Davies was born in Llandudno on 31 December 1894. His birth was registered as Merfyn Sinclair Davies but all later references are to his Anglicised name. He was the son of David and Jane Davies. Mervyn attended Lloyd Street School. The Census of Wales of 1901 records the family living at 2 Eden Cottages, Back Mostyn Street, Llandudno; David Davies was a joiner/carpenter. In 1911, Mervyn (16) was described as a grocer’s assistant. He worked for J E Davies, Somerset Street.

Mervyn Davies’ service record no longer exists but Soldiers Died in the Great War shows that he enlisted in Llandudno into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and that his service number was 61350. Soldiers with close service numbers were enlisted at the end of 1915 and joined the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion RWF at Litherland for training. After disembarking in France, sometime in 1916, he spent some time at an infantry base depot before being posted to the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. The 2nd Battalion RWF was an infantry battalion of the pre-war Regular Army and had landed in France in August 1914.

Mervyn Sinclair Davies was killed in action on 28 November 1917 aged 22 during operations subsequent to the Second Battle of Passchendaele. The war diary for the battalion records that it was still in the front line and that shelling continued in bursts. In the period from 24 November to 1 December 1917, the casualties included 49 killed. Mervyn Davies was buried near where he fell but was reinterred at Tyne Cot Cemetery in 1919, his identity being confirmed by his identity disk.

Known memorials:

  • Llandudno Roll of Honour
  • Llandudno War Memorial
  • Memorial Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno
  • English Presbyterian Church, Llandudno
  • Parents’ headstone, St. Tudno’s Churchyard, Great Orme’s Head

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