Date of birth: 1893 (Q1)
Parents: Pryce and Jane Davies
Address: 7 Swan Street
Occupation: Junior clerk in a printing office
William Harold Pryce Davies was born in Hoxton, London in 1893. He was the only child of Pryce and Jane Davies who were from Bettws in Montgomeryshire.
By 1901 the family were living at 1 Barrack Street, Warwick where Jane ran a general shop, on her own account, while Pryce was working as a mineral carman.
By 1911 the family were living in Swan Street and Pryce described himself as a ‘tripe dresser on own account’. William was working as a junior clerk in a printing office, there is no mention of Jane working.
Although in the census records his full name is given, he appears to have been known as Harold and it is by this name that he is described in this piece from the Warwick Advertiser as a ‘local preacher’ and ‘very much opposed to military service.’ He did not travel overseas as he died of a fever shortly after joining his unit in the south of England:
Pryce died in 1934 and Jane in 1937. They were buried together in Warwick’s Birmingham Road cemetery and Harold is remembered on their grave whose inscription reads:
In Loving Memory of PRYCE DAVIES called to rest November 25th 1934 aged 76 years.
Also HAROLD DAVIES only son of the above called home at Weymouth March 6th 1916 aged 23 years.
Also JANE DAVIES called to rest June 22nd 1937 aged 79 years
Rank & Number: Private, 16409
Regiment/Service: B Company, 12th (Reserve) Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: B Company
Date of death: Monday, March 06, 1916
Cause of death/Battle: Died of fever at Weymouth Hospital
Commemorated/Buried: Weymouth Cemetery
Awards: Did not serve overseas - no medal entitlement
Commemorated locally at:
- Unlocking Warwick Research Group
- Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office