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David was a younger brother to Charles Davies, and was born in 1897 the second son of David and Anne Davies of Tredegar Road, Sennybridge, later listed as Stockwell House, Sennybridge. He attended Defynnog School and then Brecon County Intermediary School from 1909 to 1911. He achieved third place in the 1909 entrance examinations, even though his mother had died in March of that year. After school he became a clerk on the Neath and Brecon Railway at Sennybridge.

David's father, also David, remarried in 1911 to Ann Morgan of Cefn-coed Uchaf, Ystradgynlais and they moved to Hay in 1912. It appears that young David went with them as by 1913 he is working as a nurseryman in the King's Acre Nursery in Hereford and living in the town.

David enlisted in June 1913 and is accepted as fit to join the Herefordshire Regiment Territorial Force. He is embodied in the 1st Battalion in August 1914, but discharged as physically unfit for future service. The illness is diagnosed as TB and originated in March 1915, although not as a result of military service.

Private David Davies

Herefordshire Regiment, 1st Btn. service no. 1342

Died on November 17th 1915, at Cadoxton, aged 18

Buried at Sion Baptist Church, Sennybridge

Cyril was born in Ystradgynlais in 1894 the eldest son of the local stationmaster, Herbert and his wife Annie. He attended Brecon County School but left during 1907/08 to attend the recently opened Ystradgynlais County School. He spent five years there before gaining admission to Cardiff University. Cyril enlisted with several other students in September 1915 and was very soon serving in France.

He initially joined the Royal Fusiliers, Public School Battalion, but soon transferred to the Royal Engineers, with whom he served in France for three years, first as corporal, then as lieutenant, being commissioned in September 1917.  Cyril was reported as being hospitalised after the Battle of Loos in December 1915 suffering with influenza and general breakdown but was soon back on duty. He died of wounds received in May 1918.

Second Lieutenant Daniel William Cyril Delahaye

Royal Engineers Special Coy N

Died of wounds in France on May 23rd, 1918, aged 24

Buried at Varennes Military Cemetery, France