William Davies was living in Scotch Row, Mancot on the 1911 census. Head of the household was William Davies, 64, a General Labourer at a Boiler Makers. He had been born in Hawarden as were the listed children. 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.
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919, accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk includes an entry for William Davies. It confirms his regimental details above left and that he had been born and lived in Hawarden, He enlisted in Warrington. His medal index card, also on Ancestry lists his medals and adds that that his first Theatre of War was France and he entered it on the 9th September 1915.
There is a Flintshire WW1 Index Card in the Flintshire Roll of Honour in The County Record Office in Hawarden, (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 was 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, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 shows his father William Davies as the sole Legatee.
W. Davies is also remembered on the St. Ethelwold’s Memorial Screen to the left of the Altar.