Private 12130 Alfred Isaac Davies

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Died of Wounds on Monday, 22nd January 1917, age 20.
Buried in Grave VIII. C. 175. at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France.

9th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment (Pioneers). Pioneer Battalion of 23rd Division.

Son of Alfred and Rachel Davies, of 69, William St., West Bromwich, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: West Bromwich, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, 24th August 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the St. Peter's, Greets Green Memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/49446/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
16 Market Place, Tipton, Staffs.
Alfred Davies (37, Brewer's Drayman, born Tipton), his wife Rachel (28, born Tipton), and their 2 children: Elsie (7, born Tipton), and Alfred Isaac (4, born Tipton).

1911 Census
16 Great Bridge, Tipton, Staffs.
Alfred Davies (42, Brewer's Chemist, born Tipton), his wife Rachel (39, born Tipton), and their 4 surviving children of 6: Elsie (16, Domestic Help, born Tipton), Alfred Isaac (14, Errand Boy, born Tipton), Walter (7, born Tipton), and Victoria Janet (10 month, born Tipton).

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

The 9th Battalion South Staffs were the Pioneer Battalion of the 23rd Division which had seen extensive action during the Battle of the Somme. In January 1917 they were well behind the front line at Bray, Vaux and Vergies near the River Somme. It is not known how or where Alfred was wounded, but he is recorded as having died of wounds on 22nd January 1917. It is likely that Alfred was being treated at one of the numerous hospitals in Boulogne as he is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery.

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