Davies, Will

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion and Vivien

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Northop Hall

Name / Enw: Davies, Will

Regiment/Catrawd: 1/5th Btn Royal Welsh Fusiliers (Formerly 15th Batt London Welsh. See family gravestone below)

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Pt 60597 (Formerly 35059)

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Cement House Cemetery

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: V.C.9.

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

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

Date of Death: 4th September 2017

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Fell in action on 4th September 1917 at Dixmude, Belgium aged 29

Will was born in Northop Hall in 1888 the same year that his mother, Mary died when she was 33 years old. (Did she die giving birth to him?). The 1911 census records that Will lived in Pentre Moch, Northop Hall with his father William who was a 58 year old bootmaker who describes himself as married even though he had been a widower for more than 20 years. The census form tells us that there had been two children born to the marriage and that they were both still alive. Will jnr was 22 and was a boot repairer.  They lived in three rooms.

Uk Soldiers who Died in the Great War (accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk) tells us that he enlisted at Kinmel Park near Bodelwyddan  and that he was Killed in Action in France/Flanders.

Will is commemorated on the family gravestone in Northop churchyard as follows:

In Loving Memory of
Wife of William Davies
Died Dec 20 1888
Aged 33

The beloved son of the above

Private Will Davies
15 Batt London Welsh
Who died for humanity Sept 1917
Age 29yrs

Also the above named
William M Davies
Who died March 31st 1932
Aged 78
‘He suffered patient and long
Thy will be done’