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Davies, Herbert Garstine

Herbert Garstine Davies, served as Robert Davies. The 1901 Census on Ancestry.co.uk shows that the Davies family were living in Sandy Cottage, Cyfoeth-y-Brenin, Cardinganshire. The household comprised of Head, Thomas Davies age 43, born in Llandeilo, Monmouthshire of English descent, a Fishmonger by trade. His wife Alice Rose age 34, born in Melbourne, Australia and their children, Francis Gertrude age 10, Herbert Garstine age 7, Thomas Stanley age 4, Sarah Doris age 3, William Gordon age 1 and Jane Williams, 18 a Servant.

The 1911 Census shows the Davies family living at 72 Court Street, Madeley, Salop.  There had been have some additions to the family, George Belman age 8, James Percy age 6, Richard Sidney age 5, Howard Leslie age 2 and Ernest Montague age 7 months. Mrs Sarah Davies, Widow, Mother, age 89 was also in residence. Thomas Davies is listed as a Butcher by trade. Herbert Garstine was not living with his family and unfortunately I cannot locate him on the 1911 Census.

British Army WW1 Service Records 1914-1920 on Ancestry.co.uk

Herbert Garstine Davies, aka Robert Davies enlisted into the 1st/10th Battalion The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) 55th Division (West Lancashire) in Liverpool on 9th November 1914. I cannot explain why he didn’t use his given name but he acknowledged his family connection by giving his father Thomas Davies of 55, Wavertree Rd. Liverpool as his next of kin.

Herbert did his basic training in U.K. between 9th November 1914 – 11th February 1915, he embarked for France on 12th February 1915.

He was Killed in Action on 9th August 1916.

Herbert Garstine Davies is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 1D8B and 8C

The following information is extracted from The Long Long Trail 

1916

The Division began to concentrate in the Hallencourt area on 3 January and was completed by 27 January. The Division relieved the French 88th Division south of Arras – in the area Wailly – Bretencourt – by 16 February. Trench warfare commenced, with many raids and minor operations. On 17 April 1916, a large scale raid was undertaken by the 1/8th (Irish) Bn, the King’s (Liverpool), in which 2/Lt E. F. Baxter became the Division’s first winner of the Victoria Cross. In this relatively “quiet” period before the Division moved into the Battle of the Somme, it nonetheless suffered casualties of 63 officers and 1047 men killed, wounded or missing. Relieved by 11th (Northern) Division on 25 July 1916, the 55th now moved south and took up a place in the front line opposite the village of Guillemont. It then remained in France and Flanders and took part in the following engagements:

The Battle of Guillemont (4-6 September)*
The Battle of Ginchy (9 September)*

Herbert Garstine Davies was awarded the 1915 War Medal, The British War Medal and the Victory Medal. (Medal Rolls and Index Medal Card on Ancestry.co.uk.)

His sole Legatee was Thomas Davies, father. ( Last Effects Register, Ancestry.co.uk)

There is a Public Member Family Tree in the name of The Davies Family on Ancestry.co.uk

Herbert’s father, Thomas, wrote a letter to the War office on 26th August 1916, asking for his son’s Service Papers to be amended to his correct name, he was required to send proof of the  name of his wife, Herbert’s siblings and their ages. The amendment was eventually done in October 1919.(Service papers for Robert Davies 3899 on Ancestry.co.uk.)


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