Driver 100082 Edwin Isaac Davies

Davies Edwin Isaac 96 425x600
Photograph courtesy of Graeme Clarke.

Died Home on Saturday, 27th April 1918, age 24.
Buried in Grave 29. 3. 40. at Walsall (Ryecroft) Cemetery, Walsall, United Kingdom.

Royal Field Artillery, 86th Brigade, "A" Battery.

Son of Mrs A. Davies, of 9, Narrow Lane, Pleck, Walsall.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Darlaston, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, 3rd September 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton 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/395402/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Edwin Isaac Davies registered June quarter 1893 in Dudley.

1901 Census
100 New Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Isaac Davies (35, Brewer's Drayman, born West Bromwich), his wife Alice (31, born Tipton), and their 6 children: Frederick (9, born Tipton), Edwin I. (8, born Tipton), Alice L. (6, born Tipton), Charles F. (3, born Tipton), Annie L. (2, born Tipton), and Henry T. (10 months, born Tipton).

1911 Census
9 Narrow Lane, Pleck, Walsall, Staffs.
Alice Davies (41, Widow, Charwoman, born Tipton), and 8 of her 9 children: Frederick (19, Whipmaker, born Great Bridge), Isaac (17, Nut & Bolt Screwer born Great Bridge), Charles (13, School, born Great Bridge), Louisa (12, School, born Great Bridge), Harry (10, School, born Great Bridge), Cyril (8, School, born Walsall), Joseph (6, School, born Walsall), and Walter (5, School, born Walsall).

Personal Data

Edwin was a Driver in the 86th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery, this was attached to the 19th Division until the beginning of 1917 when it became attached at the Army level to be utilised where thought best.

After Edwin's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £16/16/2d (16 pounds, 16 shillings and 2 pence); this was paid to his mother, Alice, in September 1918. His War Gratuity was £13/10/0d (13 pounds and 10 shillings), this was also paid to his mother in December 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Edwin had enlisted in approximately April 1915.

Action resulting in his death

Edwin presumably received a 'blighty' wound, and was transported back to England. He died in the War Hospital, Exeter, but was brought home and buried in Ryecroft Cemetery, Walsall.

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