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Pte 42757 Robert Davies

  • Age: 31
  • From: Walton Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 18th Btn
  • K.I.A Sunday 23rd September 1917
  • Commemorated at: Torreken Farm
    Panel Ref: B.19

Robert Davies was born in Walton, Liverpool 1886 at Liverpool.

He was the husband of Ethel Davies (nee Walton). They were married on 08th September 1907 at St Philip's C. of E. Church, Liverpool. At the time of his marriage he was living at 49 Gaerwen St Liverpool. His wife Ethel was born 19th July 1887. We know from his marriage certificate that  Robert's occupation was a mariner, both gave their age as 21 (Ethel was 20). We also find from the details on the Marriage Certificate that his father was William Davies, occupation storekeeper.

They went on to have five children, Robert born on 25th June 1908, Annie 03rd September 1909, Edward 11th June 1911, William 04th December 1912 and Ada 20th September 1915. Another son, Thomas, was born in 1914 but died in infancy.

At 49 Gaerwen Street in 1911 is Thomas Davies, 25, and his wife Emma and two children. However, Thomas was born to father Henry, so does  not appear to be a brother of Robert.  

Neither Robert nor his family can be found on the 1911 census. Without a residence, it has not been possible to identify Robert on crew lists.  (An R. Davies is commemorated on the Nelson Line Memorial.)

He enlisted in Liverpool, in about May or June 1916, and was serving in the 18th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 42757 when he was killed in action on the 23rd September, 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres.

Robert now rests at Torreken Farm Cemetery No1, Whytschaete, Belgium.

Pte. Davies 42757 R. (Walton) appeared in the list of K.L.R. Killed published on 23rd October 1917
His children were 9, 8, 6, 4, and just turned two years old when Robert was killed.
His widow Ethel received his Army effects, including a War Gratuity of £5. The pension card, giving Ethel’s address as 78 Teulon Street, off Walton Road, shows that she was awarded a pension of £1-11s-3d a week for herself and five children.
Ethel remarried in late 1919 and had five more children, four of whom she outlived.  (One son died at a year old, another at the age of 10;  her daughter died after childbirth at the age of 22; her eldest son served through WW2 with the Royal Tank Regiment and was killed in an accident at the docks after the war, aged 28.)
In 1939 Ethel, 52, is still living at 78 Teulon Street, with her husband and two of their children, as well as son William Davies, 28.  (Half the houses in Teulon Street were destroyed or damaged during the Blitz.)
Ethel was widowed again in 1950, and died in 1972, at the age of 84.
Robert is commemorated in Liverpool’s Hall of Remembrance, Panel 6

We currently have no further information on Robert Davies, If you have or know someone who may be able to add to the history of this soldier, please contact us.