Looking for soldiers that served prior to WW1? Find My Past is the best resource for finding information about Victorian-era Soldiers.
By far the best resource for WW1 research. WW1 Service Records, pension papers, medal index cards and casualty information.
Search through millions of archived British Newspaper Articles to find any references to your ancestors.

Thomas Davies was born on the 18th October 1877 in the village of Higher Walton which is not far from Walton le Dale. His parents John and Ann Davies (nee Atkinson) married in All Saints Church in Higher Walton in 1870 and Thomas was one of five surviving siblings, the others being; Ann (1870), Robert (1871), Frances (1873) and John (1879). Early census, baptism and marriage records for the family show the spelling of their surname as Davis rather than Davies.

By 1901 Thomas had left home and was boarding at 169 Ribbleton Lane in Preston at the home of Richard and Sarah Jane Lloyd who ran a hatter and hosiery business. Thomas was employed as a coffin maker for Mr Adam Cartmell who was an undertaker on nearby New Hall Lane.

On the 27th June 1908 he married Alice Leeming in St. James` church in Preston and the 1911 Census records that the couple lived at 22 Russell Street and that Thomas was still making coffins for Mr. Cartmell the undertaker. The couple had three children, Annie was born in late 1911, John in 1913 and another daughter Alice arrived in 1915.

Thomas enlisted into the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on the 8th December 1915 and was posted to the reserve with the number 5532 which would later be changed to 202513. He was mobilised on the 4th August 1916 and on the 23rd December of that year he sailed to France with a batch of reinforcements. On arrival he was posted to “C” Coy of the 1/4th Battalion joining them in the field on the 29th December 1916.

On the 10th May 1917 he was temporarily attached to 177th Tunnelling Company and stayed with them for a month before re-joining his battalion on the 11th June 1917. At the time 177th Tunnelling Company was engaged in mining activities on the Bellewaerde Ridge near Zillibeke.

Sadly, Thomas was killed in action in the attack on the 31st July 1917, the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres at Passchendaele.

At 03:30 hrs on 31st July 1917 the British opened up a heavy artillery barrage on the enemy. Later, the 1/4th Bn, part of the 164th Brigade were tasked to seize and secure the Gheluvelt-Langemarck line.

Midway into their advance towards the objective, casualties began to get particularly heavy, owing to enemy sniper fire, machine-gun fire and shelling from two sides. A number of Officers had also been killed. The Battalion continued to push forward and succeeded in securing their objective by 11:40 hrs. The line was held up until around 14:30 hrs, until the enemy successfully counter-attacked and forced the Brigade to fall back.

Casualties had been high, just over 50 men from the 1/4th Bn killed; and another 250 men were wounded or missing during the attack.

The following article was printed in the Preston Guardian not long after news of his death had reached his family in Preston.202513 Private Thomas Davies

Several personal items belonging to Thomas were later returned to his family, these included; letters, photographs, a pipe, pocket book, religious books, a pocket wallet, cigarette case, 1 card and his cap badge and Identity Disc.

As his body was never recovered from the battlefield the name of Private Thomas Davies was later recorded on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres.

Rank: Private
Service No: 202513
Date of Death: 31/07/1917
Age: 39
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.
Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL

Janet Davis

Janet Davis

Janet Davis has been researching her family history for many years and through this she discovered many relatives who served in WW1. This interest then led Janet to do many walking the battlefield tours with her husband. In April 2013 she discovered this website and volunteered to help. Janet believes that there are lots of stories still to be told, most of them very sad but at the same time they are a fascinating insight into the men, their families, what they did and where they came from.
Janet Davis

Latest posts by Janet Davis (see all)

(This post has been visited 292 times in the last 90 days)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Set your Twitter account name in your settings to use the TwitterBar Section.
%d bloggers like this:

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close