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SECOND LIEUTENANT C. H. DAVIES
Col/ins
9TH
(SERVICE) BATTALION THE WELSH REGIMENT
CHARLES HUGH DAVIES was the eldest son of Thomas Davidson Davies,
Pitch and Pay, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, sometime Sub-Warden of Trinity
College, Glenalmond, and later chief Mathematical Master at Clifton
College, and of Elinor Lucy his wife, daughter of Charles Thomas,
D.L.,
of
Stoke Bishop.
He entered the School in 1901 and won a General Exhibition when he
left in 1905. He then went up with a Classical Demyship to Magdalen
College, Oxford. In 1909 he passed high into the Indian Civil Service, and
a year later became Assistant Commissioner in Burma. His work there
showed that he possessed a rare gift of sympathy with the Burmese national
gemus.
He joined the Burma Railways Volunteer Company; but, returning
home on short leave in June, 1915, he enlisted as a private in the
Honourable Artillery Company, in order more quickly to go to the Front.
After serving in the ranks in France, he received a Commission in the
Welsh Regiment. He was killed, while asleep, by a bomb that pierced the
roof of his dug-out and struck his head, on January 17th, 1916. Age 28.
His Colonel wrote :-
cc
I had a very high opinion of him and his abilities as an Officer. He
was always willing to sacrifice himself, and ready to fill any dangerous post.
He volunteered the day before his death to go out at night on patrol duty,
always a risky affair. We shall all of us feel his loss most deeply, both on
account of his capacity as a soldier and his kindly qualities as a gentleman."
An account of him was published in the
Oxford Magazine
of January
28th, 1916.
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