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Typandy

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Private William Davies, Royal Garrison Artillery WW1 casualty
« Reply #-1 on: November 15, 2017, 02:56:02 PM »
For over four years I have been researching the WW1 names on the Llandudno War Memorial and the names on the marble tablets in the Memorial Chapel of Holy Trinity Church. The names are virtually the same and includes those who lived or had a connection within the boundary of the then Urban District Council of Llandudno.

I have the names of four soldiers who I have not been able to trace.

One of these soldiers is William Davies.

He is recorded on the Llandudno Roll of Honour as William Davies, Private, RGA;

on the War Memorial as Will (Denbigh) Davies; and

in the Memorial Chapel, Holy Trinity Church as William Davies.

Any clues as to this soldier's details would be appreciated.

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This is the only match I can get on the CWGC site:

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It isn't quite right as it has his rank as Lance Bombardier.

This also came up on a search:

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It matches the name, regiment and rank.

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Re: Private William Davies, Royal Garrison Artillery WW1 casualty
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2017, 03:50:57 PM »
Have you enquired of the Royal Garrison Artillery as they have a website covering Forces Records?

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There is also a museum covering the RGA along with other artillery regiments. They may have some ideas on this:

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Re: Private William Davies, Royal Garrison Artillery WW1 casualty
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2017, 11:05:47 AM »
Thank you Helig for your suggestions. The rank (private) and the unit (RGA) are recorded on the Llandudno Roll of Honour which preceded the War Memorial. A copy hangs at the back of Holy Trinity Church and I understand there may be other copies, including the Archive at Lloyd Street. The problem is that the rank of private is not reconcilable with the Royal Garrison Artillery where the equivalent rank would have been gunner or, possibly, driver as I understand it.

Notwithstanding this, there does not appear to be a gunner or driver in the RGA that fits the criteria.

I have discovered a private in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers 36032 who joined in September 1915 and who was born at Denbigh. Unfortunately, even though his service record survives, I can find no link with Llandudno. He seems to have settled at Saltney near Chester. He died of heart failure at Litherland in 1916.

To be honest, I cannot be too hopeful about William Davies. He is one of the four names that I cannot trace. I keep returning to them every few months but without joy. I will be appending the other three names to this site shortly.

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Re: Private William Davies, Royal Garrison Artillery WW1 casualty
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2017, 11:14:34 AM »
Hello Typandy,

You might find it worthwhile to post on the Armed Forces Board on Rootschat:

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They have some military specialists who may be bale to solve some of the queries you have on William Davies.

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