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Remembered Today:

Pte. Edward George Davis, RHA

Andrew Upton

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On the Portishead War Memorial to those who died in the Great War is the following name:


However, despite various searched on the CWGC website and the MIC's using various combinations of his name and other spellings of his name (ie Davies) I've not been able to find a good match, or anyone that fits with any certainty.

Can anyone offer any help into sorting out who he was?

With thanks in advance.

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I have a growing database of Somerset RHA (currently 450 names) and he is not on it.

However, the following CWGC entry could be your man:


Initials: E G

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry

Secondary Regiment: Labour Corps

Secondary Unit Text: transf. to (246635)

Age: 40

Date of Death: 23/03/1919

Service No: 203008

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: N. 145.


Maybe he was only in the RHA a short time


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Thanks for the reply David, I actually visited Portishead Cemetery last weekend and photographed Davies' grave (see above). He is one of 5 men commemorated by the CWGC as being buried in the cemetery, of which three have CWGC stones, one is buried and recorded under a family stone (recently laid flat and already suffering as a result :angry2: ) and the other I could not find, although where his grave is supposed to be is in the vicinity of where his fathers grave is, but if he is buried there then there is no mention! :wacko:

Davies seems to be the best candidate for Davis so far, but I can find no record of him on the MIC's for either of the numbers listed so I can't tie him down either. I'll have to see if either appears in the 1901 census with a Portishead link...

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I've had no luck with the 1901 Census, but have really just browsed the index.

If the Portishead grave represents a Home death then here is a possible reference:

Deaths Mar 1919 (>99%)


Davies Edward G 41 Bodmin 5c 111

Here is a possible marriage in the Portishead area:

Marriages Mar 1907 (>99%)


DAVIS Edward George Long Ashton 5c 994

Again, spellings are different so we may still be dealing with two different men.

Nothing found so far in the Ancestry.co.uk Pension or Service Records.


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Thanks for the PM and reply, looks like he's going to be an awkward one to pin down!

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