South Staffordshire War Memorials

Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.

G H Davies

George Henry Davies was born in about 1888, probably at Brewood (but maybe at Cheslyn Hay). He was the son of Aaron Davies and his second wife Eliza Mary. Aaron had two sons from a previous marriage.

Aaron was a farm labourer who frequently moved to find work. He had lived in Wheaton Aston but was living at Leafields Farm, Brewood when several of his children were born. At about the time of George's birth the family moved to Cheslyn Hay where they settled, several of the sons finding employment at the coal mines.

By 1911 George (aged 22) was living at 96 Low Street with his older half-brother Edward. He was employed as a carter at a coal mine. At some time before he left for the war he may have married Clara, who was his sole legatee.

George enlisted at the outbreak of war. He served in the South Staffordshire Regiment, mostly with the 7th Battalion. He served at Gallipoli, in Egypt (guarding the Suez Canal) and in France (where his regiment was involved in a number of actions in both the 1916 Somme and 1917 Ypres campaigns). At some point George was wounded and returned to hospital in the UK where he died of his wounds on 14th November, 1917. He is buried in Cheslyn Hay Cemetery.

Private George Henry Davies 17449 was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and the 1914/15 Star.

This memorial has mostly been compiled from official sources. It would be good to be able to expand it with more personal material - memories, stories, photos, etc. If you have any suitable material or any corrections please contact Greg.