Regiment : 7th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps
Service number : Y969
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 18th August 1916 aged 22
Buried : Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, France, Pier and Face 13A and 13B.
Relatives : Son of John and Elizabeth Davies, 31 Howe St., Birmingham
Memorial : Birmingham Goods District War Memorial now in Severn Valley Railway Museum
Credits : Researched by Andy Frisby.
Edward Davies enlisted at Birmingham and went to France on 26th January 1915. He was killed during an attack on Orchard Trench.
Worked for the London and North Western Railway as a Van Setter. Reported in the London and North Western Railway Gazette November 1916, page 325.
Source for railway information:
Birmingham Daily Mail, 8th September 1916:
The father of Rifleman E Davies, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, has received a letter from an officer stating that his son has been killed in action and paying a tribute to his soldierly qualities, remarking that he was one of the best machine-gunners in the regiment. Prior to enlistment, Rifleman Davies, whose parents live at 31 Howe Street, was employed by the London and North-Western Railway Company at Curzon Street Goods Station.