Herbert Charles Davies
2nd Battalion The Rifle Brigade
Bombardier Arthur S. Davies
2nd/1st Battalion Berkshire Royal Horse Artillery
Herbert Charles Davies and Arthur S. Davies were the sons of Mary Davies and late Evan Davies of 122. Cumberland Road, Reading. The whole family are buried in Division 79. Grave 16550 of the Reading Cemetery. The grave is actually registered as a war grave but at the start of this research did not bear the distinctive war pattern headstone. The CWGC placed a war pattern headstone on the grave when Herbert’s name became indistinct and he was not appropriately commemorated on the family grave. Herbert’s name is the one registered with the CWGC. He is also commemorated on the St. Bartholomew’s memorial.
Herbert died 4th December 1918 Aged 19. The inscription on the grave states that he was a repatriated prisoner of war. It has not been possible to locate a picture of Herbert Davies.
It has also been difficult to trace information about Arthur Davies because his service details are not registered with the CWGC. However, The Standard of July 26th 1917 Pg. 5 carried an article:
Missing, Feared Loss of Memory
Mr A.S. Davies formerly of the Berks. R.H.A., of 122 Cumberland Rd. Reading has been missing from his home since Thursday in last week. He had been badly wounded in the head, and it is feared that he is suffering form loss of memory. He was wearing brown trousers and a light grey cap and coat, also an grey shirt, socks and boots. He has very heavy eyebrows, which meet across the bridge of his nose. His height is about 5ft 8inches.
A picture, published in the Chronicle 28th September 1917carries the caption “wounded in both legs, one arm and head”. Arthur Davies obviously suffered for some time. The inscription on the grave indicates that he died on July 17th 1919, aged 24.
“Another victim of the war”.
The brother are commemorated on the War Memorial of Alfred Sutton Primary School.