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Bertram DAVIES

Regimental number1517
Place of birthGympie, Queensland
ReligionMethodist
OccupationPainter
Addressc/o Mrs M. MacFarlane, Vulture Street East, South Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 5.5"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, J.D. Davies, Henry Street, Gympie, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years 7 months in the Royal Australian Field Artillery.
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentActing Sergeant
Unit name31st Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollActing Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialAnzac Cemetery (Plot I, Row F, Grave No. 6), Sailly-Sur-La-Lys), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
118
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Mother: Louisa E. DAVIES, Henry Street, Gympie, Queensland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 5 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Taken on strength of 31st Bn and promoted Corporal, Serapeum, 12 December 1915.

Promoted Sergeant, 16 December 1916.

Admitted to No 8 Field Ambulance, Serapeum, 2 February 1916 (influenza); transferred to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Serapeum, 3 February 1916; to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Serapeum, 4 February 1916; discharged to duty and rejoined unit, 10 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

Buried Sailly-sur-La-Lys Cemetery by Reverend W. Meredith Holliday, no date recorded.

Statement, Red Cross File No 880811, 412 Pte T. McBRYDE, 31st bn, 27 February 1917: 'We were in action at Fleurbaix. We held the trenches and were then bombed out. Sergt. Davies was killed by a shell at 6.15 in the afternoon of the 19th July. I do not know if his body was recovered and buried.'

Second statement, 1570 Pte W.G. RALSTON, 31st Bn, 27 February 1917: 'I knew him quite well, we were at Fleurbaix. During the attack his head was blown off by a shell. I was fairly close to him at the time but I do not know if his body was recovered and buried.'

Third statement, 4 Sergeant A.C. COMPTON, 31st Bn (patient, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, England), 28 February 1917: 'I saw him blown to pieces and you could not find a single bit of him, as the shell exploded about a yard ahead of him.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DAVIES Bertram
Red Cross file 880811

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