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The War Diary
France June 1916 to February 1918
Corporal Arthur John Davies MM
1882 - 1962
medal roll record for his Military Medal in the PRO, Kew Gardens, indicates
that uncle Arthur had the rank of Corporal. He was brother of the writer's
paternal grandfather and is really the reason for this site.
the war to live to the age of 80 years. He did not escape unscathed. On
the night of 10th/11th July 1917, in the vicinity of Gonnelieu, which
is now straddled by the motorway about half way between Cambrai and St
Quentin, Arthur John, together with Sergeant 25071 Thomas Thomas and Private
18529 Walter Furlong were on patrol when their officer, who was almost
certainly, Lieut T. Wallace was badly wounded. Uncle Arthur and the others
received a Military Medal for their gallantry in bringing Lieut Wallace
back to their own lines. It is also likely that it was on this occasion
that Arthur lost an eye and part of his skull. He wore an eye patch for
the rest of his life.
Arthur John's son, Canon Arthur Leonard Millet Davies, also served with distinction during the second world war, as Chaplain in the Cheshire Regiment. He was the subject of a media report when serving at Anzio and was mentioned in despatches. After the war, Leonard was Vicar and Rector in a number of Anglican churches in the Manchester area. His last calling was to the Parish Church at Warburton. He died c 1979 at the age of about 69 years.
The writer is grateful to his cousin, Arthur John's grandson, John Andrews for the photographs of Arthur John Davies MM.
Mr Andrews also provided the writer with a photograph of Arthur John's eye and face wound which is awaiting a decision to publish on this site.