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Private Daniel Davies

Private Daniel Davies Welsh Army Corps, Royal Field Artillery

Enlisted on 21st January 1915, aged 30.  Survived the war.

Private Daniel DaviesMy grandfather Daniel Davies worked at the Universal Colliery in Senghenydd – having come to Senghenydd from the village of Dehewid, Cardiganshire. 

He had worked a night shift on the 12/13th October 1913 and had just finished his shift when the explosion took place. 

He was a member of one of the rescue parties and never really spoke in any depth about what he had experienced during the rescue operation. He did talk of the haunting sound of men and boys screaming for their mothers.  He was oneof the fortunate ones. 

Less than a year later WW1 started and on 21st January 1915, aged 30, he enlisted in the Welsh Army Corps, Royal Field Artillery.

On the 12th November 1916 he sailed from Devonport, disembarking in Salonica, Greece on 27th November. Again he was one of the fortunate men who made it back home to Senghenydd – no doubt feeling that he had cheated death, not once but twice.

Information Source: Jayne Davies-Ellis (Née Davies), Granddaughter


A typical act of bravery took place on 17th August 1917 when Sgt Gilbert Lloyd, (Senghenydd), South Wales Borderers who, together with five others soldiers, held an isolated position until his battalion had been relieved and then brought out their wounded whilst still under fire.

He was awarded the MM at a local ceremony held on “The Rec” in August 19, 1919.  At this same ceremony where the villagers turned out in their thousands to see Colonel H E Morgan Lindsay, CB, DSO award the decorations to Sgt Lloyd and the men and also to the families of those Killed in Action (KIA). All listed below.

Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)   Military Medal (MM)

Cpl. Tom Locke Sapper Robert Jackson

Pte. William Higgs Bdr. H C Fleet

Dvr. R G Taylor

Gnr. David Davies

Sgt. King Humphries

Pte. Syd Edwards


Distinguished Conduct Medal Military Cross (MC)

Sgt. T H Brown (KIA) Lt. J A Roberts(KIA)

(accepted by his wife) (accepted by his father)

Photo of Sgt Gilbert Lloyd


Wounded on three occasions before winning the MM in 1917.  Became a


Lieutenant in Home Guard, Aber and

and Senghenydd Platoon 1940-46.

Secretary of local Ex-Servicemen’s

Club for over 50 years.