Davies, Harold William

Harold came to my attention, as I thought he wasn’t on any local war memorial, through finding an article in the County Herald, below, where he was described as Harold Davies, he was on my “Miscellaneous List, (not on any memorial), he must have been also known as William Davies and had worked and lived in Shotton, as someone put his name forward for the Memorial as Davies, W, and also on the St. Mark’s Church Roll of Honour.  He is also on the Penley War Memorial,

COUNTY HERALD – 18th April 1919 – SHOTTON – Local Constables Demise. – News has recently been received in the district that Corporal Harold DAVIES has recently died from pneumonia in hospital “somewhere near the Rhine.”   Corporal DAVIES will be remembered as the local police constable in the Shotton district.   He was a single young man, only 26 years of age.   Previous to enlisting in H.M. Forces, he resided in King Edward Street, Shotton, and was stationed in the Shotton district for just over a year.   He joined the army in 1915, and was with the army of occupation at the time of his death.   He had been in France for over two years in the Military Police.

Viv & Eif Williams were in Belgium for the unveiling of the Welsh War Memorial there when they were in conversation with someone who was connected to the Police and they gave them this below, which was on the website: –

3 Policemen of the 14 Officers named were local to us, one being Harold William Davies and I think he is the DAVIES, W. that is remembered on the memorial:-

  • L/Cpl. P/2934 Harold William Davies, Military Mounted Police:
    Formerly PC 74 Davies stationed at Connah’s Quay. Joined the army in
    December 1915. Died aged 25 on 2nd August 1919 of influenza whilst
    serving in the Army of Occupation. Buried at Cologne Southern Cemetery,
    Germany, plot IX. C. 16.
  • Pte. 1784 John Gregson Jones, 1st Bn. Welsh Guards: Formerly
    PC 74 Jones stationed at Connah’s Quay. Killed in action, aged 25, on
    29th April 1916 at Ypres. Buried at Potijze Burial Ground cemetery,
    Belgium, plot B.6.

  • Pte. 825 Robert John Hughes, 1st Bn. Welsh Guards: Formerly PC
    32 Hughes stationed at Shotton. Killed in action, aged 29, on 21st June
    1916. Buried at the Brandhoek Military Cemetery, Belgium, plot II. F.

Harold’s father John had been widowed in 1884, losing his first wife Hannah and remarried to Emma in 1887 at Wem. (Wem Vol 6a Page 1363)

Harold’s parents, John & Emma DAVIES (nee Darlington) were living at “Blackwood”, Burgess Lane, Penley, Ellesmere, Flintshire on the 1891 census.

John Davies, 39, a Farmer born in Bradenheath, Salop, his new wife, Emma, 28 born Quina Brook, Salop and 2 of John’s children from his first marriage, Sarah Ann, 19, single born Bradenheath, and Winifred, 15, born Penley.   Emma’s brother, John Darlington, 19 and a Butcher, had been born in Edstaston, Shropshire.   John & Emma’s children, 2 sons, Albert,2 and John D., 1 had both been born at Penley. There were 2 servants, Thomas Francis,2 3, single born Halghton, Flintshire and Joseph Wynne, 17, single and born Crimfreth, Salop.   Both were General Domestic Servants.

By 1901 the new family were still living at “Blackwood” but Emma is now a widow, with just her children, Albert, 12, John D., 11 and Harold, 9, all born at Penley, living there with her. Emma, 36 was a Farmer.   There were 2 servants living there Thomas Jones, single 22 and a Stockman (Cattle) born at Overton and Elizabeth Wolley, 22, single and a Domestic Servant born at Hargreave, Cheshire,

The 1911 census shows another move as Harold is now living with his cousin at Little Green, Penley, Ellesmere in rather a large house of 12 rooms.   Frederick Owen, 28, Farmer and born in Penley had been married to his wife Mary Lizzie, 26 for 8 years, she had been born at Ebnal, Malps, Cheshire and had borne 6 children, 2 of whom sadly died.   Harold, as stated was described as a Cousin, 19 and “Working on the Farm.”   There were 4 Owen sons, Eferton, 7, Hubert, 5, Harold, 4 and Godfrey 2.   There was also 1 servant, Annie Gittens, 17.

Harold’s Flintshire WW1 Index Card (Penley F 4) shows another change of address :- “At his brother’s Salop Road, Overton.” His period of service was 3 years 4 months and he was a Corporal in France for 3 years. It was this source that told us he died from Influenza on April 2nd 1919 with Army on the Rhine.   Card signed by John D. DAVIES, December 10th

Commonwealth War Graves Commission additional Information: Son of John and Emily(sic) Davies, of Black Wood, Penley, Ellesmere.

Excerpts from Harold’s Service Records. – Name:- Harold William Davies

Full Address:- Police Station, Shotton, Chester.

Age:- 24 years 1 month

Trade or Calling:- Police Constable

Are you married:- No.

Have you ever served in any branch of H.M. Service:- Shropshire Yeomanry

Attestation signed on the 10th December 1915 and signed by Samuel Vickers at Shotton.

Certificate of Approving Officer who certified the Attestation was correct and Harold would go into the Military Mounted Police, signed 8th January 1916 at Aldershot.

Name & Address of Next of Kin:- Mr. John D. DAVIES

Salop Road, Overton-on-Dee (Brother)

Next paper:-

Medical History of Harold William DAVIES

Birthplace:- Penley, County of Flint

Examined 3rd day of December 1915 at Shotton

Declared age:- 24 years and 30 days.

Trade or Occupation:- Police Constable

Height:- 5 feet 11 inches

Weight:- 184lbs

Chester measurement:- 37 and 1/2 inches, Range of expansion:- 1 and 1/2 inches.

Physical Development:- Excellent

Marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease:- Scar of abdomen when appendectomy performed.

Enlisted:- Shotton 10th day of December 1915

Joined on Enlistment :- M.M. Police Regtl. No. P2934

Became ineffective :- Death from Influenza & Pneumonia whilst serving with B.E.F. France. On 2nd Day of April 1919.

Telegram from Military Police, Aldershot. To Mr. J. Davies, Salop Road, Overton-on-Dee

R.M.P. 3331 “Regret to inform you, report received here states No. P 2934 L.Cpl. H.W. DAVIES, Military Mounted Police, died from Influenza and pneumonia at Expeditionary Force, Franc.”

From:- Records, Military Mounted Police Corps.

Another Telegram with wrong name and date of death, i.e. CplT. DAVIES and date of death 2nd March 1919. Regtl No. correct.

Seems they realized and sent another telegram stating Harold’s date of death as 2nd April 1919 – I think these last 2 telegrams were sent to and from the Records dept.

Next paper – Regarding the voluntary allotment of pay to his brother John D. Davies, Salop Road the sum of 1s 2d per week.   Date from which the payments were to start:- 7th April 1919

Next paper:- receipt of the Scroll and Plaque. – Articles received dated 27th September 1919 signed by the Solicitor for Mr. J. D. DAVIES – M? Gough Thomas, and letter from the same to the Military Police, Aldershot.

Next paper – List of articles returned to Harold’s brother – (Paper very badly stained by ink) – Photos, Note Book, 2 razors in cases. Electric torch, 2 purses, 8 chevrons, metal rule, black cat, safety razor, watch, 35 coins, dictionary, 2 knives, fountain pen, 4 lighters, 2 whistles (1 with chain), locket with views, 2 cigarette cases, matchbox holder, keys, metal ring, cap badge.

Next paper – Casualty Form – Active Service.

L/Cpl., Davies, Harold William

Religion:- Church of England

Terms of Service:- Duration of War.

Service from 10th December 1915.

Embarked Southampton 14th April 1916 – Disembarked Rouen 15th April 1916

17th May 1916 8 Genl Hosp. Admitted to I.C.J.Batt. R. Rouen

4th June 1916 discharged to duty.

20th June 1916 5 Gen. Base Posted to 9th Corps. Field

10th September 1918 9th Corps, Leave to U.K. 4th September 1918 to 13th September 1918 via Bologne

30th March 1919 3. Aus. C.C.S. Admitted Influenza Field (Date of casualty 26th March 1919)

2nd April 1919 died Influenza

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 – DAVIES – Harold William of the Police Station Shotton, Flintshire, Lance-Corporal No. P. 2934 Military Mounted Police died 2nd April 1919 in France on active Military Service. Administration (With Will) St. Asaph. 4th November to John Darlington Davies, Butcher. Effects £742 17s 6d.

Harold William Davies in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 – Harold’s brother, John D. Davies was the sole Legatee.

Harold William Davies in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 confirms his regimental details above and also that he was born in Penley and he resided and enlisted in Shotton.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Connahs Quay and Shotton War Memorial

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