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David Rees Davies

David Rees Davies

David Rees Davies of Cwmddylan, Llangammarch

Lance-Corporal D R Davies, R.E.,  of Cwmddylan, Llangammarch Wells, has died after serving just four years in Egypt and Palestine. He was gassed and invalided home. Many kind letters were received from his company, as he was well liked by all the men and much respected by the officers for his faithful performance of all duties.

Brecon County Times 31 October 1918

LLANGAMMARCH WELLS. Death After Mesopotamia Service.

We regret to record the death in Newport Hospital of Mr David Rees Davies, Cwmdylan.  He was formerly employed on the London and North Western Railway, being one of the extra gang workers between Craven Arms and Swansea.  About two years ago he joined the Army and went out to Mesopotamia, where he worked as a railway man.  There he contracted fever, but recovered.  Last summer he was home on leave looking well, but after his return he was again down with fever.  He was in many hospitals, eventually coming to Newport, where he died last Friday.  He was about 40 years of age and leaves a wife and three children and mother to mourn his loss.  The sympathy of all the neighbourhood is with them in their sad bereavement. The funeral takes place this week at the Parish Church.

Brecon County Times 5 September 1918

Military Funeral:

The funeral of Mr David Rees Davies, Cwmdylan, whose death was reported in the "County Times" of the 5th inst., took place on the 4th inst. with full military honours, at the Parish Church.  The body was conveyed from Newport by train, arriving at Llangammarch about 2.30.  The Rector officiated, and the hymns "Lead kindly light" and "Ymado wnaf a'r babell hon" were sung.  The service was a very impressive one.  There was a very large attendance.  The chief mourners were Mrs Davies (wife) and three children;  Mrs Davies (mother);  Mr and Mrs Williams (sister) and their daughter, Tredegar; Mr Jones (father-in-law), Dolau;  Mr E. Jones (brother-in-law) and Mrs Jones and child &c. Lovely wreaths were sent by the family and the staff of the Lake Hotel where deceased had been employed. The bearers were Messrs John Morgan, John Jones, D. J. Davies and Chas. Morris. A memorial service was held at the Parish Church on the following Sunday evening.

Brecon County Times 19 September 1918

David Rees Davies was married to Mary Jane. In the 1991 census they were shown to have three little girls Mayandy, Elina and Sarah. He worked for Victoria Cement.

David is buried in St Cadmarch's Llangammarch