Davies, Humphrey

Humphrey Davies was born in Mochdre, Colwyn Bay, North Wales during 1876. His mother was Margaret Davies, 128 Vale Road, Rhyl, Flintshire.

The 1911 Census shows that Humphrey was now married to Ellen Davies (nee Jones) and they lived at 8 Mona Street, Rhyl, Flintshire, with their three children – Nancy Davies aged 6, Doris Davies aged 3 and Harriet Ellen Davies aged 1 year.  Humphrey was employed locally as a Blacksmith.

On Thursday 22 October 1914 aged 38 years, he enlisted as a Shoeing Smith with the Royal Army Service Corps at Hightown Barracks, Wrexham, Denbighshire.  His Attestation Certificate- (British Army Service Record can be viewed on  On enlistment he is described as 5′ 4″ tall, Chest Measurement 38″, Expansion 2″.  His physical development was described as good and according to the Recruitment Officer and Medical Officer he was fit for Military Service.

On Thursday 29 October 1914 he travelled with the British Expeditionary Force to France and commenced his duties as a Blacksmith.  He returned from France on 16 September 1916 and died at the Military Wing of Bodelwydden Hospital, Denbighshire, North Wales.

On 30 June 1917, a payment of £13.2s.10d was made by the War Office to Ellen Davies and on 3 September 1917 another payment of £38.15s.8d was also made to her, these being monies owed to her husband Humphrey.  On 8 October 1919, a War Gratuity payment of £10.10s.0d was also made to her.

He is also remembered on a Remembrance plaque at The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Marine Drive, Rhyl, Flintshire and The North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, North Wales.

There is no Flintshire Roll of Honour Card for Humphrey Davies at the County Archives Office, Hawarden.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Rhyl Memorial

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