Davies, Charles

Charles Davies was the adopted son of William Davies and Elizabeth Hill of Nant Mawr.Charles died in Russia in March 1920, 16 months after the Armistice on the Western Front. He is commemorated at the Churkin Russian Naval Cemetery near Vladivostok and at Bistre Church.  He is the only soldier on the Buckley Memorial known to have died in Russia although Henry Thomas Astbury from Penymynydd who is on the Hawarden Memorial died at Murmansk in 1919. Charles died over 5,000 miles from home.

British and Canadian forces were in Siberia in 1918 and 1919 to support a White Russian (ant Bolshevik) government. The 1/9th (Cyclist) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment, moved to Vladivostok In October 1918,  and moved into Siberia, where they stayed until November 1919 before returning to England via Canada, arriving at Southampton on 5 Dec. 1919.Churkin Russian Naval Cemetery includes the graves of 14 soldiers from Canada and 14 from Britain. All except Charles Davies died in 1919, and it appears that Charles died 4 months after his battalion left for home. The CWGC history indicates that an American hospital was evacuated in March 1920, the same month that Charles died. One can only assume that he was wounded or ill and unable to travel when the British left.

Charles is known to have been adopted from a grave at Bistre. Further information on the circumstances of the adoption has not been found.

Another Charles Davies is remembered on the Hawarden Memorial.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Buckley Memorial

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