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Davies, George

George Davies was born in Buckley but he moved to Manchester sometime before 1911. He died on the Western Front on 22nd August 1918 possibly during the British attack between the Ancre and the Somme and he is remembered on the war memorial at Blackley, Manchester.

George Davies is not named on the Hawkesbury Memorial nor any known church memorial in Buckley. He is identified as born Buckley and enlisted Manchester in the Soldiers Died database. He is identified from the census, which reveals a family that moved from Buckley to Blackley between 1901 and 1911, and then the Blackley memorial.

George Davies was born in Buckley in 1891 or 1892. He is first identified in the 1901 census at the Old Ropers Arms, Treuddyn, age 9 with father, John, a manager of brickworks born Buckley, and mother Alice born Manchester, The location was likely near Pontblyddyn. In 1881 the family was living in Manchester, and in 1891 they had moved to the Bistre area of Buckley. In 1911 they had moved back to Blackley, Manchester, living at James St. Father John is variously identified as a manager or foreman at a brickworks, or as a joiner. From the 1911 census John and Alice had 9 children, 8 living in 1911. The family’s moves can be tracked using the birth years and locations for the children:

Annie              1877    Manchester

Elizabeth         1879    Manchester

Jessie               1880    Manchester

Maggie            1883    Buckley

Louisa             1885    Buckley

Ethel               1888    Buckley

George            1892    Buckley

John                1894    Pontblyddyn


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