Davies, John

John Davies was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire during 1891.

The 1901 Census shows that the family lived at 27 Clarenden Street, Birkenhead.  The head of the family was John Favies aged 40, who was employed as a Builders Labourer.  His wife Alice Davies aged 39, and their 6 (six) children – Amy L Davies aged 14, Robert Davies aged 12, John Davies aged 10, Allen Davies aged 8, Alice Davies aged 4 and Florence Davies aged 2 years.

The family at some stage moved to North Wales.  The 1911 Census shows them living at 25 Water Street, Rhyl, Flintshire.  They moved house again soon after to 1 Fron Hyfryd, Abergele, Denbighshire.

On 14 October 1908, John Davies enlisted as a Professional Soldier at Chester Castle, with 2nd Battalion, Cheshire Regiment.  His Attestation Certificate – (British Army Service Record can be viewed on  On enlistment he was 18 years 11 months, described as 5.6″ tall, Chest Measurement 35″, Expansion 4″, brown hair, brown eyes. His physical development was good and according to the Recruitment Officer and Medical Officer he was fit for Military Service.

John was posted to France on Saturday 16 January 1915 and some months later died of wounds he received during the Second Battle of Ypres.

His brother Private 10936 Allen Davies was killed in action during the First Battle of Ypres and he is also remembered on the Rhyl War Memorial.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour Card for him at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, containing very little information.

John Davies is also remembered on the Abergele War Memorial.   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..


Learn more about the other soldiers on the Rhyl Memorial

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