Private Albert Davies

9th Battalion Manchester Regiment

Albert was the son of John and Elizabeth Davies, of Northenden Road, Baguley, Cheshire.

He was educated locally and also attended St John’s Sunday School.

The following is an extract from St John’s Church Magazine of December 1916:

The Roll of Honour:  It is with deep regret that we record the death in action of Albert Davies, a private in the Cheshire Regiment and third son of Mr and Mrs John Davies who have been honourably connected with our Schools at Baguley for thirty years. Albert Davies was brought up in the Day and Sunday Schools at Baguley, which he regularly attended until he joined up. He was a young man of promise, a good son and full member of the Church. A service in his memory was held in the Mission Room on Sunday evening, November 26th, when a very large congregation was present to show their sympathy to his sorrowing parents. The following kind letter of appreciation has been sent to his mother by the Company Sergeant Major of his Regiment:- 

                                                                                                             France 17/11/1916

Dear Madam,

It is with the deepest sympathy that I have to inform you of the death of your son. He was killed in the trenches on the 14th instant. All his comrades send their greatest sympathy in your sad bereavement. I always found him one of the best soldiers in my Company; always ready to help his comrades in any possible way- whatever the danger, and was greatly respected by all the officers and other ranks of his Company.

I am, yours sincerely,

H Wright, 9th Cheshire Regiment, B E F

Albert was killed in action on 14 November 1916, aged 19. He is buried in Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, Somme, France and commemorated on the Altrincham & District Roll of Honour and on our War Memorial at St. John’s.

He is the youngest man recorded on our war memorial.

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