Davies, William Henry

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Halkyn Memorial

Name / Enw: Davies, William Henry

Regiment/Catrawd: 160th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Lance Bombardier 185529

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: 1.H.11

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

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory and British War medals

Date of Death: 19th April 1918

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

19th April 1918 Killed in Action

William Henry Davies was born in Halkyn in 1889. His father Joseph was a lead miner and his mother was Martha. The 1901 census places the family in Tai Sheldon, Halkyn. The form tells us that Martha had given birth to 6 children and they were all still alive. Only four of them, however, were at home for the census. these were William Henry 21 a labourer at the lead mine, Edwin was 18 a spinner at the silk works, Allen 12 and Emily 11 were still at school.

There is a card for William Henry in the Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Archive Office in Hawarden. The card gives the regimental details listed above. The address given is Sheldon Row, Halkyn. The card has been completed and signed by Mrs M Davies – his mother and she has added this detail to the back of the card.  “Was killed in action April 19th 1918 at Dickibuche and believed to have been killed instantly while under a terrific bombardment.” He served 20 months.

UK Soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914 -19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk says he died on 10th April 1918 which is, we believe a mistake. It says he enlisted in Halkyn.