Davies, Hugh Francis

Hugh Francis Davies was born in Rhyl, Flintshire during 1897.

The 1911 Census shows that the family at that time lived at 10 Greenfield Street, Rhyl, Flintshire.  The head of the family was Hugh Davies aged 40, who was employed as a Carter (carried goods on a cart).  His wife Eliza Davies aged 35 and their four (4) children – Hugh Francis Davies aged 14, a Drapers Errand Boy, Thomas Davies aged 8, Gwendoline Davies aged 5 and Frances Davies aged 2 years.

Hugh enlisted as a Soldier with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at their Hightown Barracks, Wrexham at the outbreak of the First World War.  Sometime after this he married Eva Kathleen Davies of 36 Creek Street, Battersea, London.

During 1917 he was attached to 173rd Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers and on Tuesday 26 March 1918 he was engaged with the company working on the 5th Army’s ‘Green Line’, when a major German attack commenced.  Hugh was wounded in this action and later died of his wounds.

On 5 June 1918 a payment of £8.5s.0d was made by the War Office to Eva Kathleen Davies, this being monies owed to her husband Hugh.  On 2 December 1919, a further payment which is recorded as a War Gratuity of £21.0s.0d was also made to her.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour Card for him at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, which is unsigned and undated.

Hugh Francis Davies  is also remembered on The North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, North Wales and on a Remembrance Plaque at The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Marine Drive, Rhyl, Flintshire. and the Rhyl Church Memorial.

On 19 September 2003, Hugh’s medals were sold by auction in London by Dix,Noonan and Webb.  They raised the sum of £140.00.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Rhyl Memorial

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