Davies, George

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Geoffrey Alexander Mitchell.

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Greenfield War Memorial.

Name / Enw: Davies, George

Regiment/Catrawd: 5th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Lance Sergeant 240409.

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Jerusalem Memorial.

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Panels 20 to 22.

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Israel

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory Medal, British War Medal.

Date of Death: 26th March 1917

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in Action on the first day of the Battle of Gaza Monday 26 March 1917, aged 24 years. (Royal Welsh Fusiliers War Diaries).

(Private Joseph William Butler and Lance Corporal John Richard Lancelot who are also remembered on the Greenfield War Memorial were killed during the same battle on that day, as was Private Robert Edwards who is remembered on the Holywell War Memorial).

George Davies was born in Birkenhead during 1894.

The 1911 Census tells us that the family lived at 57 Fairview Avenue, Liscard, Cheshire.  The head of the family was Mary Davies aged 52.  Her husband had died some years previously.  She had four children living at home – Thomas Frederick Davies aged 19, George Davies aged 17, Mary Davies aged 14 and William Peacock Davies aged 12 years.

Mary Davies also had four other children who were either married or living away from the family home, they were – John Edward Davies, Benjamin Llewellyn Davies, Ada Louisa Davies and Susannah Gertrude Davies.

On 3 November 1913, George Davies who was now living at Lodge Cottage, Greenfield, Flintshire and employed as a Plate Layer at John Summers & Company Limited, enlisted at the Drill Hall, Halkyn Street, Holywell for 4 years service in the Territorial Army, 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers.  He was 19 years 5 months old at the time.  His Attestation Certificate – British World War 1 Service Record can be viewed on www.ancestry.co.uk

He was promoted Lance Corporal on 25 February 1915 and on Wednesday 14 July 1915 embarked at Devon with the Battalion on HMT Caledonia bound for Gallipoli.  On Thursday 14 October 1915 he was wounded at Sulva Bay and spent two months in hospital before returning to his Unit.  He was promoted to Corporal on 16 February 1916 and on 1 November 1916 to Lance Sergeant.

He was Killed in Action on the first day of the Battle of Gaza Monday 26 March 1917.


Jerusalem War Cemetery and Memorial.

He is also remembered on the North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour card for George Davies at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, containing very little information.   Details of his medals were obtained from www.forces-war-records.co.uk