DAVIES, Harold Casamajor

Lieutenant, Harold Casamajor DAVIES
Aged 35

2nd Battalion, Welsh Regiment
Killed in Action on Monday, 26th September 1914

An Old Contemptible

Harold Casamajor Davies was born in Kensington,London on 27th February 1879, (Fulham Q2-1879 1A:201) son of Thomas H and Elva M DAVIES (née ALLAN ).

1881 census...Aged 2 he has not been found in this census. They were a very mobile family and perhaps were not even in UK.

1891 census...Aged 12, he was at 18 Alhambra Road, Portsea, Portsmouth with his father Thomas H DAVIES, [47] retired Army Major 2nd West Indies Regt., born Kensington; his mother Elva M [41] born Nassau, Bahamas; brothers Henry L [20] student born Sierra Leone, Allan J.[15] scholar born Kensington, Arthur M.[14] born Thatcham, Berkshire and Valentine E [4] born Alverstoke, Hants ; sister Elva H [9] born Tenby, Pembrokeshire.

1901 census...Aged 22 he was in the Army in South Africa.

In 1906 he married Flora Grace WEBB (born Wordsley, Staffs) in Kensington. In the 1911 census they record one child but no details are known

1911 census...Aged 33, married, a retired Lt.,Welsh Regiment, with his wife Flora Grace, he was at Blyth Hall (36 rooms), near Rotherham, Notts., with the Willey (1st Baron Barnby) family. From the number of guests (9) and servants (14)it was quite a party. The hall was demolished in 1972 and is covered now by a housing estate

His connection with Mildenhall is his occupation of Wamill Hall, Mildenhall, possibly his residence when away visiting on the night of the 1911 census.

The Bury Free Press, 3rd October 1914 reported:- TOLL OF WAR -
Sad news has recently come to hand of the death of Lieut.Harold C.Davies, who has been killed in action. He was the owner of Wamill Hall, which he purchased some two or three years ago and had not long taken up residence when the eastern part of the building was destroyed by fire. This was rebuilt and various improvements made, but in all too short a time war broke out and Lieut Davies accompanied his regiment in the Expeditionary Force to the front, where with our other brave soldiers he has taken his share in the battles with the result stated....

Richard enlisted in Mildenhall.
The spelling "Welsh" was used during the Great War, but changed to "Welch" in 1920.

His entry in Du Ruvigny;s Roll of Honour reads:-
DAVIES, HAROLD CASAMAJOR, , Capt., Reserve of Officers, attd. The Welsh Regt.,4th s. of the late Major T.H. Davies, of Odiham Close, co.Hants; b.27 Feb.1879; was gazetted 2nd Lieut. Welsh Regt., from the Militia, in March 1900, and promoted Lieut. in Feb.1902; served in the South African War 1900-2 (Queens's Medal with three clasps and King's Medal with two clasps );also with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, and was killed in action 26 Sept.1914

He was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant, 4th battalion South Wales Borderers on 5th January 1898. His clasps for his South Africa medals are Belfast. Cape Colony and Orange Free State for the Queen's medal and both clasps for the King's Medal. Joint executors of his will were his widow and his brother Tudor.

His original grave was one of the unknown in Vendresse Communal Cemetery and in 1920 these were exhumed and most were subsequently identified. In Harold's case this was by means of identity discs and remains of clothing and Army equipment

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Harold Davies is buried in Vendress Churchyard , grave 1

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