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David Stanley Davies was born in 1890, to William, and Margaret, the daughter of an innkeeper. William had worked with his own father, Thomas, at Bailyhelig Farm before

marriage. Afterwards, William lived with his wife at the Bell Inn, Brecon. William continued to work on the farm but the family lived at the Bell Inn in 1891. By 1901, they are still at the Bell, William is now innkeeper, and Stanley, 11 is with his parents and 5 siblings. Stanley went to Brecon County School and later to Aberystwyth (agricultural studies), boarding

Charles, known as Bowie, was born in Brecon in 1892, a fourth son to David, a stonemason, and Jane (nee Griffiths), who lived at 3, Rock and Castle, Brecon. The family were still living there in 1911 when Charles, 19, was listed as a labourer.

Later, Charles married Margaret and they had one child.  They lived at King Street, The Struet, Brecon and he was a plasterer and a member of The Watton Presbyterian Church.

Charles joined the Brecknock Battalion of the South Wales Borderers in April 1916 and went out with the first of the married groups and was in the last draft that went to India to join the Brecknocks. In the official notification from the War Office it was stated he died from ulcerative enteritis.

Margaret, his widow, was granted a midwifery scholarship of £25 by the County Council later in 1916.

Private David Stanley Davies

Otago Infantry Regiment(NZEF}, service no. 8/4444

Killed in Action in France on February 12th, 1917, aged 26

Buried at Ration Farm Military Cemetery, La Chapelle-

S'Armentierea, France

there in 1911. His parents moved to Bailyhelig with William as farmer. Stanley emigrated to New Zealand in about 1914, and joined the army in 1915. He was a private in the First Otago Battalion, New Zealand Forces.  He died in action in France in February, 1917, when he was killed instantaneously by a shell. The family were living at 16, The Watton, Brecon then, and Stanley is commemorated at St Mary's Church and Kensington Baptist Church.

Private Charles Davies

South Wales Borderers. Brecknock Battalion, service no.


Died August 3rd, 1916 in Mhow, India, aged 24

Buried at Mhow New Cemetery, Mhow, India