William S. Davies

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William Stanislaus Davies was from Ballarat, Victoria. He was born in Ballarat to William Henry Francis Davies and Agnes Hilda Frances McLennan in 1895.[1] He was married to Ellen Theresa McGrath on the 23rd July 1921. They had five children.[2] He was a mining machinery contractor for Drew and Company.[3] When he enlisted he was 5'8", and weighed 154 pounds.His complexion was fresh, he had blue eyes and his hair colour was black.[4] William Davies died on the 23rd September 1962, aged 68 years in Corio, Geelong.[5]

Military Experience

Sergeant (4040) William Stanislaus Davies was a 24 year old single mining machinery contractor who was living in Ballarat when he enlisted on the 12th May 1916. At the time of embarkation he was a member of the 4th Tunnelling Company, then the 5th Tunnelling Company and 1st Reinforcements (May 1916). He was also later in the No. 6 Tunnelling Company in June 1916.[6] When he enlisted he named his mother Mrs A. Davies of Talbot Street, Ballarat as his next of kin. His unit embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT Wiralda on the 25th May 1916.[7]

Sergeant Davies was Mentioned in Despatches in the "London Gazette" No. 31488 (11th July 1919), and in the "Commonwealth Gazette" No.124 (30th October 1919). He received the Distinguished Conduct Medal.[8].This was for continuing good work and gallantry and setting a good example over a period of 20 months.[9]

He returned to Australia on the 4th June 1919 after war service on the Western Front.[10]

Sergeant Davies was also awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.[11]

See also

5th Tunnelling Company

There is a plaque commemorating William Davies in the Ballarat Avenue of Honour.[12]


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Denise Grant

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