Herber Isaac Davies was born about 1897 in Saltney, Flintshire. He was the son of Edward & Margaret Jane Davies (nee Lewis) who were married in a Civil Ceremony at Chester in 1889. (ROC/2561)
On the 1901 census they were living at Boundary Lane, Saltney, (Hawarden) Saltney-cum-Lache, Flintshire. They were living with Herber Isaac’s Grandfather, Isaac Davies, 68, a widower, who was a Timekeeper man who had been born in Henllan, Denbighshire. Edward, 40 was a Foreman (Blacks) and his wife Margaret Jane, 39 had both been born in Chester. Their listed children were John William 11, Edward Howell 10, Albert, 8 and Isaac Herber, 4. Margaret Jane’s widowed mother, Lydia Lewis, 74 was listed in the household.
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk tells us that Isaac’s first Theatre of War was France and he entered it on the 4th October 1915. It also tells us that he was discharged on the 11th October 1918. He died very shortly afterwards as his death is registered in the December quarter of that year at Hawarden. He was just 21.
If his death certificate shows this then he can be brought “in from the cold” and be added to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database. They need proof that he died through his war service.
The probability was that he succumbed to the Flu epidemic that was seeping through the world and especially Flintshire in 1918/1919.
His also named on the North Wales Memorial Arch Panels in Bangor.
Researched and compiled by Mavis Williams