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L/Cpl: DAVIES, DANIEL

Parents: Moses, a Washman, age 21 and Catherine Davies age 20. Son Thomas John, age 4 months old. Lived at Gors Road, Near Brick yard, Cockett End. All born in Fforestfach, Swansea.1

Parents: Moses, General Labourer age 31 and Catherine Davies age 30. Daughters, Elizabeth A. age 7, Rachel H. age 5, Sons, Thomas John age 10, Daniel age 9, Moses age 4 and Edward Baden age 11 months. They lived at Gorsefach, Sketty.2

Parents: Moses, (Head), age 40, a Tinman at Tinworks and Catherine age 38, married for 20 years with 7 children all living. Daughters, Elizabeth Ann, single, age 18, Lillian May, age 7.  Sons: Thomas John, single, age 20, a Catcher at Tinworks, Daniel, single, age 19 Drammer underground at Colliery,  Moses, age14, Doorboy, underground at Colliery, Edward Baden, age 10. All lived at 5 Fforestfach Terrace, Fforestfach, Swansea. All born in Cockett, Swansea and all spoke Welsh and English.3

Private and then promoted to Lance Corporal. Enlisted at Swansea, served with Worcestershire Regiment 11th Battalion, service number (18165). Died age 24 at Salonika, from wounds on 20th August 1916. Grave reference A. 198. Karasouli Military Cemetery, Polykastro (formerly Karasouli), Greece.4, 5 & 6

“OUR ROLL OF HONOUR
NAMES OF NEWE RECRUITES.
LIST OF LOCAL MEN SERVERING WITH THE COLOURS.”
“FFORESTFACH.
Tom G. Davies, Universny corps, Royai Welsh Fusiliers.
Aaron Williams, Swansea Battalion.
John Jenkins, Swansea Battalion.
David Howel Evans, Swansea. Battalion.
Peter Black, Swansea Battalion.
D. J. Charles, Swansea Battalion.
James Jackson, Swansea Battalion.
Daniel Davies, 11th Worcestershire Regt.
- Morris, 12th Welsh.”7

“DIED OF WOUNDS
Lance Corporal Daniel Davies, son of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Davies, Fforestfach terrace, Fforestfach, has made the supreme sacrifice on the altar of his country.  An official communication stated that he died on the 20th of August, in consequence of wounds at Salonica.  A letter written to the bereaved parents from one of Lance Corporal Davies’ pals, speaks in glowing terms of his activity and bravery, and states that he died in the evening of the above date, having sustained severe shrapnel wounds in the head the same morning.  Joining the colours soon after the commencement of hostilities, deceased had seen some month’s active service in the Balkans.”8

““DIED LIKE A MAN."
Writing to Mr. and Mrs. Moses Davies, Fforestfach-terrace, Fforestfach Corpl. W. J. Dory, Worcester Transport, Salonika, says it is with sincere regret that I write to you. You know that I belong to the same unit as your son, Lce.-cpl Daniel Davies. We are now in contact with the enemy, and I am very sorry to say that about 7.30 a.m. on Sunday August 20th, your son Daniel was struck by a piece of shrapnel in the head, the wound proving fatal.  Daniel was mercifully spared all pain, as death was instantaneous. He had made himself well respected, and I can assure you that the deepest sympathy is felt for you in your; sad bereavement by the officers and the men of the battalion, especially the transport corps, where he was well liked and respected for his honest and straight forward conduct. Also I can assure you that the transport has lost a very capable N.C.O. Do not get down-hearted. Remember that Dan died like a man, doing his duty. -‘Gwell Angen na Chwdlydd’- He was buried in the most respectful manner; his body was covered by a Union Jack, and there was a firing party present. A Welshman from Llanelly and I saw the last of him, as we formed part of the firing party, the minister officiating at the graveside being the Rev. H. E. A. Clarke (Wesleyan)."9

MEDALS: Victory, British & Star10

SOURCE
1 1891 Census Wales
2 1901 Census Wales
3 1911 Census Wales
4 UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
5 Commonwealth War Graves Commission
6 Forces War Records 07.03.2014
7 Cambrian Daily Leader 19.11.1914
8 Cambrian Daily Leader 03.10.1916
9 Cambrian Daily Leader 06.10.1916
10 WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920