Private 27731 Noah Davies

Killed in Action on Tuesday, 4th December 1917, age 42.
Commemorated on Panel 75 to 77 of Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

2nd Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 100th Brigade of 33rd Division.

Brother of Moses Davies, of 2, Phoenix Passage, Dudley, Worcs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Dudley, Resident: Dudley.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Dudley Clock Tower Memorial, and Castle High School Memorial, Dudley.
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/1629476/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
Court 2 House 7, Fisher Street, Dudley, Worcs.
Mary Davies (58, Widow, born Dudley), and her 3 children: Noah (27, General Labourer, born Dudley), Charlotte (22, born Dudley), and Moses (15, Glassmaker, born Dudley).

1911 Census
13 Fisher Street, Dudley, Worcs.
Mary Davies (68, Widow, born Dudley), and 2 of her 6 surviving children of 9: Noah (36, Iron Worker, born Tipton) and Moses (25, Brickyard Worker, born Dudley).

Personal Data

After Noah's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £6/9/1d (6 pounds, 9 shillings and 1 penny); this was paid to his mother and sole legatee, Mary, in April 1918. His War Gratuity was £7/10/0d (7 pounds and 10 shillings), this was also paid to his mother in November 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Noah had enlisted in April 1916.

Action resulting in his death

During the 3rd Battle of Ypres, the 2nd Worcesters had fought at the Battle of Menin Road and the Battle of Polygon Wood. They arrived back in the Salient on 24th November and were employed on working parties until 30th November when they moved into the front line to the east of the ruined village of Passchendaele. Here they stayed for 4 days, according to Stacke's 'Worcestershire Regiment in the Great War' the weather was a little better and the enemy's fire not so heavy.

On 2nd December a minor operation on the Worcester's flanks provoked a fierce outburst from the enemy, on the following night of 3rd December the Worcesters were relieved. This does not correspond with casualty figures which show 5 Worcesters men dying on 3rd December, 7 on the 4th December, and a further 5 on the 5th December.

Noah is recorded as being killed in action on 3rd December, he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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