Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold
Name / Enw: Davies Robert
Regiment/Catrawd: 47th Bty. 41st Bde Royal Field Artillery
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Gunner 229970
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Red Cross Corner Cemetery Beugny
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: II B 21
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: The Victory Medal
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
He died on 21st March 1918 aged 25. he had previously wounded and gassed.
There are three Robert Davies’s listed on the Mold Memorial. We believe we can account for two of them but the third we cannot locate . It is possible that the third one is an error.
This Robert Davies was the son of Edward and Harriet Davies. The census of 1901 records the family living at Crossing House, Gas Lane, Mold. Head of the household, was 47 year old Edward Davies who was a railway Signalman who had been born in The Vale of Clwyd. Harriet, his wife was 46 and she had been born in Northop. Their listed children were Edward J 22, a Platelayer on the Railway. Harriet A was 17, William 12, harry 10, Robert 8, Adelaide 5 and Gladys 9 months.
The 1911 census records the family at the same address. Robert was an 18 year old pupil teacher living with his parents – father Edward 57, a railway signalman and his mother Harriet. The siblings at home were Ellen Jane 29 a shop assistant, William 22, clerk to the Schools Medical Officer, Henry Davies a shop assistant, Adelaide 15 at home and Gladys 10 at school. The family spoke Welsh and English.
UK soldiers who died in The Great War 1914-19, accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk lists Robert Davies. it confirms all the regimental details at the top of this page and adds that he enlisted in Mold. This source tells us he was killed in action. His medal index card also on Ancestry, lists his two medals.
The Register of Soldiers’ effects in which the Army calculated what moneys were owed to deceased soldiers includes an entry for Robert. His father Edward received a total of £11.. 12sh..5d in two separate payments.
The parents address on Robert’s CWG Certificate is Alun House, Wylfa, Mold