William Davies was born at Rowley Regis and was living in Long Row, High Town, Cradley, with his wife and two children in 1914. He volunteered for the Worcester Territorials and joined the 1/7th Battalion which had been in the front line on the Western Front since the battle of the Somme in 1916. In August 1917 they were called upon to mount an attack for the second phase of the Third Battle of Ypres. On the 16th they attacked the ruined village of St. Julien and made some ground but Private William Davies was among those severely wounded. He was taken to a military hospital at Vlamertinghe west of Ypres but he died of his wounds on the 28th August 1917. He was 27 years of age and was buried in Brandhoek Military Cemetery No. 3 (II D 13). He is commemorated on the Cradley and Halesowen Memorials.
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