Davies, William

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

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

Name / Enw: Davies, William

Regiment/Catrawd: 9th Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 13638

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Arras Memorial

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Bay 7

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

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

Date of Death: 17th May 1916

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in Action on Wednesday 17 May 1916.

William Davies was born in Llanasa, Flintshire during 1887.

The 1881 census tells us that William’s parents were Thomas Davies aged 25 and Martha Davies (nee Blythin) aged 24.  They lived at Penyffordd Farm, Llanasa with their daughter Catherine aged 1 year.

Soon after William’s birth in 1887 the family relocated to Darwen, Lancashire.  The 1901 census states that the family lived at 18 Holden Fold, Darwen, Lancashire.  Thomas Davies was employed as a Labourer in an Iron Works.  They had by this time 5 (five) children – Catherine Davies who was now 21, Edward Davies aged 19, Elizabeth Davies aged 16, who were all employed in a local Cotton Mill as Weavers.  William Davies aged 14, who was employed in a Coal Mine as an underground pit boy and Sarah Davies aged 12, who was employed as a part-time Cotton Weaver.

The 1911 census shows that Martha Davies is now a Widow but is still living at 18 Holden Fold, Darwen with her son William Davies aged 24, who is now employed as a Coal Miner and her daughter Sarah Davies aged 21, a Cotton Weaver.

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Arras Memorial.

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

There is no Flintshire Roll of Honour card for William Davies at the County Archives Office, Hawarden.   Details of his medals were obtained from www.forces-war-records.co.uk.