Richard Davies

RICHARD DAVIES (1889 - 1917)

Born in Macclesfield, in 1889, Richard was the youngest of Richard and Mary (nee Doran) Davies' seven children. By 1901, the family were living at 56, Pickford Street and the twelve year old Richard, like his older siblings, was working in one of the local mills. Ten years later, Richard was living with his wife of two years, Margaret, and their baby son, Ernest, at 26, Chatham Street. At the time Richard was working as cotton weaver and Margaret was a cotton ring spinner at Lower Heys Mill.

Richard enlisted with the Cheshire Regiment in February 1915. On July 1915, he entered the Balkans theatre of war and joined the struggling Allied campaign on the Gallipoli peninsula. It is unclear when Richard left Gallipoli and returned to England. However, on New Year's Eve 1916, having recovered back home from typhoid fever, Richard was posted to France with the 1/6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment.

Richard was reported as missing in the "Daily List of September 1917" in the War Office's Weekly Casualty List, published on 27 September. It was later determined that he had been 'Killed in Action' on the first day of The Battle of Passchendaele, 31 July 1917. Richard was twenty eight years old and then the father of two children. He is commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial to the missing servicemen in Belgian Flanders.







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