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34th BATTALION A.I.F.

Sergeant: 744 William DAVIES.

Born: 1879. Wallsend, New South Wales, Australia. Birth Cert:19841/1879.

Married: 1910. Minmi, New South wales, Australia. Marriage Cert:5631/1910.

Wife: Ada Maud Davies. nee: Wotton.

Died: 26th October 1931. West Maitland. New South Wales, Australia. Death Cert:18673/1931.


Father: Hugh Davies.

Mother: Mary Davies. nee:Unknown.


INFORMATION

William Davies enlisted with C Company 34th Battalion AIF on the 4th of January 1916 and was an original member of the Battalion and left Sydney on board HMAT A20 "Hororata" on the 2nd of May 1916.

17th of May 1917.

The Germans tried to raid the 34th Battalion at Le Touquet. The enemy this time employed the British method of a very short, though heavy, preliminary bombardment. The preliminary registration however had been observed and the Australian counter-barrage came down within 10 seconds of the S.O.S signal fired by Lieutenant: F.M Waugh M.C. 34th Battalion. A party of Bavarians attempted to enter by a gap in the front line. One climbed the parapet and said "Hands Oop!" He was at once shot, and fell dead into the trench. Lewis Guns (in particular that of Private 1416 J.E. Kirk. M.M) 34th Battalion, drove the enermy off.

On the 18th of May the previous night's attempt against the 34th Battalion was repeated after a short heavy bombardment. On the S.O.S. being fired by Lieutenant: W.W. Edmonds, M.C. 34th Battalion, the protecting barrage again came down instantly, but the enermy entered a gap near a sector in which cylinders had been installed for an impending release of gas. Working alone the line, they bombed a Lewis Gun Team, wounding three. The remaining men, Lance Corporal: 1530 J Ham D.C.M 34th Battalion and Private: 1248 B.G. Taylor, M.M 34th Battalion, continued to fire, and killed all five intruders.

Lieutenant: B.G. Brodie and the scouts afterwards went out, driving back the German covering party and stretcher-bearers, brought in a wounded Baverian Pioneer, and evidence and identification from 11 Germans who had been killed.

( BEAN; History of World War 1. Vol IV. p570)

17th October 1917.

Informant; Sergeant: 744 William DAVIES C Company 34th Batalion. I did not see Private: 787 Richard HILL killed , but buried him at ARMENTIERES, and marked his grave with a cross bearing all his particulars. Captain McCOOK Chaplain 34th Battalion read the burial service. He was killed by shell at LE TOUQUET near ARMENTIERES. I cannot refer to anyone for proper details of death.

3rd Australian Auxilliary Hospital, Dartford England.

17th October 1917.

Informant; Sergeant: 744 William DAVIES C Company, 34th Battalion. I did not see Private: 2348 Eric John LIPSCOMB killed, but buried him at ARMIENTERES and marked his grave with a cross bearing his particulars. Captain McCOOK, Chaplain 34th Battalion read the burial service. He was killed by a shell at LE TOUQUET near ARMENTIERES. I cannot refer to anyone for actual details of death.

Australian Auxilliary Hospital, DARTFORD, England.

William was discharged from the AIF on the 21st of December 1917.

Family Information

William Davies was a married 36 year old Coal Miner from Brook Street, West Wallsend, N.S.W. upon enlistment. His parents Hugh and Mary Davies had 3 children. William Davies born 1879 Wallsend, N.S.W. Birth Cert:19841/1879 and died in 1931 at West Wallsend, N.S.W. Death Cert:18673/1931. Mary Jane Davies born 1884 at Wallsend, N.S.W. Birth Cert:29829/1884. Evan Davies born 1889 at Wallsend, N.S.W. Birth Cert:31982/1889.

Military Records

(Australian National Archives)

Under Construction. 23/03/2009.


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