William Davies is living in Scotch Row, Mancot on the 1911 census, but I cannot find him nor his family on any census before that one. Head of the household was father William Davies, 64 and a General Labourer at a Boiler Makers, he had been born in Hawarden as were the children living there that night. His wife was Sarah A. Davies, 63 and they had been married for 35 years and 9 children had been born to them, but sadly 1 had died.
Their children were William, 18, single and a Crane Driver in the Iron Works, daughter Ellen, 29, and single was a Domestic Servant, son Alfred, 17 and single was a Pickler in the Galv. Sheet Iron Works. There was a grand-daughter, Ellen Catherall, age 2 there too.
There is a Flintshire WW1 Index Card (Hawarden F10) for a William Rufus Davies who had been in the 10th Yorks, his Period of Service was 3 years 5 months. The card written and signed by his father William Davies on the 28th January 1920 and states that he was a Sergeant when killed in France on 21st February 1918
William Davies in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919, confirms his regimental details above and that he had been born and lived in Hawarden, but enlisted in Warrington.
William Davies on the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 tell us that his first Theatre of War was France and he entered it on the 9th September 1915.
William Davies in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 shows his father William Davies as the sole Legatee.
I cannot find any Army Records for him other than the above, his Attestation papers seem to be missing.
W. DAVIES is also remembered on the St. Ethelwold’s Memorial Screen to the left of the Altar. Someone wanted him to be remembered.