Richard Davies, Private 268225, 1/6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 31st July 1917 near Ypres, Belgium, aged 29
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Richard enlisted with the 7th Cheshire Regiment in February 1915 and, after training, participated in the Suvla Bay landings at Gallipoli in August 1915. He was repatriated to England from Gallipoli after contracting enteric fever and, after recovery, was drafted to France with the 6th Cheshire Regiment.
Richard was reported missing on 31 July 1917 and was later presumed to have been killed in action on that date; his death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 30 August 1918:
Mrs Davies, 13 Great King Street, has received an official notification presuming the death of her husband, Private Richard Davies, Cheshire Regt, who has been missing since July 31st 1917. A native of Macclesfield, and 29 years of age, Private Davies enlisted in the local Territorials in February 1915 and took part in the landing at Suvla Bay and the fighting in Gallipoli. Contracting enteric fever, he was invalided home, and upon recovery was transferred to another battalion of the Cheshires and drafted to France, where he landed on December 31st, 1916. He was educated at Duke Street School and in civil life was employed as a weaver at the Lower Heys Mill. Deceased has two brothers serving and two brothers of Mrs Davies are also in the Army. Pte Davies leaves two children.
Private Richard Davies has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. 19 – 22 of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Richard Davies, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.