Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold
Name / Enw: Davies Robert
Regiment/Catrawd: 5th Royal Welsh Fusiliers (He was embodied in the RWF from 1914 but he was posted to the Royal Defence Corps).
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: He seems to have had several numbers.He was Private 2300 in the RWF but also had the numbers 20213 and 32107.
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
He died in March 1919 and it states on the Flintshire Roll of Honour that his death was the result of illness contracted in Gallipoli. His death occurred about three months after he had been disembodied from the army. His records show that he spent time in a military hospital in Omagh before he left the army.
The 1911 census tells us that he was living in Chapel Street, Llangefni, Anglesey with his wife Emily Christiana and children Edward John 12, Blodwen 10, Myfanwy 6 and Emily Ann 4. He was a tinplate worker who had been born in Caernarfon in 1868. The family spoke only Welsh.
Robert’s attestation papers in 1914 give his address as Bryn Dinas, Chapel Terrace, Caernarfon. Later his address is Glan Aber Segontium Terrace Caernarfon. His wife was Emily C Davies and he said he had 2 sons and 4 daughters. He was 46 when he enlisted.
The only connection we can find with Mold is on the Flintshire Roll of Honour where the address 23 Garden Place is given by an Elizabeth Davies. We think that this might be a mistake. His regimental number 2300 is quoted. It is stated on his army records that he was a tin plate worker which could possibly explain his presence in Mold. His army records contain a number of colourful discplinary incidents eg absent without leave, breaking out of camp, obscene language. (Was there a language problem here? He was a Welsh speaker.) This soldier is something of an enigma and we would welcome any help from anyone who can shed more light on him.