|David Evan Davies
was born at Kirkdale in 1896. He was the son
of Joseph Owen Davies and Sarah (nee
His parents were both born at Llanrwst, Denbighshire, Wales but were
married at Birkenhead in 1894.
At the time of the 1911 census David was a
draper's apprentice and was living with his
parents and only sibling, Joseph Owen
junior, at 22 Bedford Road, Bootle. His
father was a railway porter.
shows that he enlisted on the 3rd November 1915.
He served with the 2/5th Battalion King's
Liverpool Regiment (service no 380052) and was discharged from the army on the 20th
September 1918 as the result of wounds
sustained in action. He was issued with a
Silver War Badge which he could wear to show
he was an ex-serviceman.
He died at the Victoria Hospital, Blackpool
on the 20th March 1920 and was buried at
Bootle Borough Cemetery.
|A report on his death
appeared in the Bootle Times on the
1st April 1921.
THE LATE MR. DAVID EVAN DAVIES.
| On Thursday of
last week the remains of Mr. David E.
Davies, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. J.O.
Davies, 5, Beatrice-street, were laid to
rest at Bootle Cemetery. The Rev. T.C.
Roberts (Trinity-road) and Hugh Evans (Spellow-lane)
officiated, and the very large and
representative gathering of relatives and
friends present bore testimony to their
esteem and regard for the deceased
| The services
conducted at the house , cemetery chapel,
and graveside were most impressive. The
coffin was borne by six young men from
Trinity-road Welsh Presbyterian Church -
Messrs. R.L. Jones, Tom Jones, D.T. Jones,
Felix Evans, M.P. Williams and Ewart Harris.
The firms of Messrs. Owen Owen, Ltd., and
J.R. Barbour were represented, the latter
firm by the proprietor. Beautiful floral
tributes were sent by the following:-
Father, Mother and Brother; Uncle David,
Auntie and Boys; Uncle John, Auntie and
Girls; All at 87, Bebington-road, New Ferry;
Uncle Griff and Cousins; Uncle William,
Auntie and Cousins; Auntie & Cousins, Colwyn
Bay; Auntie and Cousins, Higher Tranmere;
Auntie Grace and Auntie Ellen; Young Men of
Trinity-road Welsh Wesleyan Chapel; Girl
Friends of Trinity-road Welsh Wesleyan
Chapel; Margery and Jack; Edith and Fel; War
Committee, Owen Owen, Ltd.; Friends at Own
Owen, Ltd.; Fellow Employees of J.R. Barbour
(Liverpool and Bootle); Mr. and Mrs. R.T.
Williams; Miss Ruth Foulkes; Mr. and Mrs.
Thomas; Mr. and Mrs. Haris and Family; Supt.
and Staff, K.L.C.C., Blackpool; Pensioners
at K.L.C.C., Blackpool; Comrades in G.2 Hut,
K.L.C.C., Blackpool; Hy. Greswolde-Williams,
K.L.C.C., Blackpool; Stanley and Dick; Emlyn
and May; E.T.E., Preston.
| Since his
discharge from the Army Mr. D.E. Davies had
been in indifferent health, but he bore his
affliction with great fortitude. The end
came after a brief illness at the age of 25
years, whilst attending a combined course of
medical treatment and technical training at
Blackpool; and, although his stay there
lasted but six weeks, there is ample
evidence that his charming manner had won
for him many friends. The deceased young
gentleman was a member of Trinity-road Welsh
Wesleyan-Chapel, where his sterling
Christian character had ennobled and made
him beloved in the sight of all his
associates. He held from time to time,
various offices in connection with the
church, and was particularly interested in
the Literary Society. He worked at all
times, with characteristic diligence and
willingness and from deep spiritual
conviction, his chief sphere of labour being
the Sunday School, of which he had been
secretary, and a teacher in the primary
department. He was a pattern and an
inspiration to a his fellow-workers and
friends, and his memory will be cherished
for a long time to come. The loss of this
excellent young character is indeed
irreparable, and heartlfelt sympathy is
extended to his sorrowing parents and
Bootle Times 1st
Probate of his estate was obtained
at Liverpool by his father on the14th April
1921. His effects were valued at £134 7s (£5,100 at
As David died after he was discharged from
the Army he is not officially war dead.
Although he is not commemorated by the CWGC
his name appears on Bootle Civic Memorial.