William Charles DAVIS


DAVIS, William Charles

Service Number: 3365
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Surrey, England., date not yet discovered
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in Action, France, 30 May 1918, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Borre British Cemetery
Grave I.D. 20.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Guildford War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

23 Dec 1916: Involvement Private, SN 3365, 7th Pioneer Battalion
23 Dec 1916: Embarked Private, SN 3365, 7th Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Fremantle
30 May 1918: Involvement Private, SN 3365, 10th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Possible birth record

Births Dec 1887   Davis William Charles  Hambledon 2a 143

William was the son of John and Mary Davies. The family had moved to Dyffryn Factory, Llanstephan Road, Carmarthen  by 1901. William had emigrated to Western Australia in 1909 and found work as a Groom near Blackboy Hill. He enlisted there on 17 October 1916 into the Australian Infantry. William embarked at Fremantle aboard the H.M.A.T. Berrima, and arrived at Devonport on 16 February 1917. After several months in camps at Larkhill and Durrington, William was sent among a batch of reinforcements to the 10th Battalion, arriving in France on 22 August 1917. His papers show that he was wounded in Action on 1 October that year, re-joining the Battalion four days later at the front. The Battalion were by now in Northern France, and the German Offensive was in full swing, with the Australian Corps in the Borre area. William was killed in Action near Borre on 30 May 1918 aged 31.His brother John allegedly also fell, probably with British forces.

He is remembered on the Llanllawddog Parish War Memorial

Llanllawddog is a parish which lies about eight miles north of Carmarthen, with part of Brechfa Forest contained within its north-east boundary, and overlooks the River Gwili. Villages which lie inside the parish boundary include Rhydargaeau, Pontarsais and Alltwalis, while villages such as Peniel, Bronwydd Arms and Llanpumsaint nestle close to its borders.