William Henry Davies was born in Llantysilio in 1894, the son of R. Thomas Davies and Ellen Davies. Thomas Davies was also sexton at Llantysilio Church, where William became a chorister. William attended Llantysilio School, where he was taught by J. Jenkins, who later said how impressed he was with Williams thorough conscientiousness, he was not robust – and could have appealed for exemption from service on these grounds, considered it his duty to go. On leaving school he had become an under-gardener at Llantysilio Hall before becoming private 25971 with 17th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He received shrapnel wounds during their advance in France in 1916, and was evacuated to Kings Hospital London, but died after a few days on 20th July 1916. The body was conveyed to Llangollen by train on the 25th and from there to Llantysilio by lorry, where he was given a full military funeral.


An enlargement taken from the memorial

photograph of Great War soldiers,

taken by local photographer Lettsome.