John Maldwyn Davies was born circa 1898 at Leeswood, Flintshire. He was recorded on the 1901 census when his family were living at 32, Long Row, Mold Rural, Leeswood, Flintshire. His father David Davies 39 was a Collier, (Hewer) who had been born in Mold, Flintshire. His wife Mary 37 had been born in Gwernymynydd, Flintshire. Their children, were all born in Mold were listed as William T.13 a Labourer in the Colliery, Margaret 11, Ellis 6, John M. 3 and Allen D. was 1.
The 1911 census tells us that the family had moved to Airlie Terrace Leeswood Mold, Flintshire. The Father David 49 was still a Coal Miner, Underground. His wife of 27 years, Mary Ellen was 47 and a Housekeeper. She had borne 12 children 10 were still living. The listed children were Kate 24 and a servant, Lizzie 20, Ellis was 16 and an Engine Driver Underground, Maldwyn was 13 and at the County School, Blodwen was 8, Howell 6, and Edith was 4. All the children had been born in Leeswood.
UK, Soldiers Who Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental information above and tells us that he resided in Queensferry and enlisted in Flint. His medal card also on ‘ancestry’ details his medal entitlement.
There is an index card for John Maldwyn Davies in The Flintshire Roll of Honour at The County Record Office in Hawarden. The card was completed by S or E Davies and it states that he died of fever in Salonica 29th October 1918. The address given was 56, Farm Road, Sealand.
John Maldwyn is commemorated on a family gravestone in the churchyard of St Deniol’s in Hawarden.
“Loving Memory of Allen DAVIES who died April 9th 1929 aged 10 years
also Pvte John Maldwyn DAVIES who died on Active Service October 29th 1918 aged 21 years.
“Sweet are the memories they never fade of those we loved but could not save!”
“Er cof am David DAVIES yr hwn afi farw April 18 1936 yr 76 mlw yod ded canys dyw imi yw crist. A marw sydd elw.”
Mary DAVIES who died April 8th 1943 aged 79 years. “Years cannot darken nor shadows dim those beautiful memories we all? keep of them.”