NAME: Albert Davies
SERVICE NO: 7478
YEAR OF BIRTH: 1899
PLACE OF BIRTH: Hamilton
DATE OF ENLISTMENT: 10 May 1917
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT: Melbourne
AGE AT ENLISTMENT: 19
UNIT: Field Artillery Brigade
EMBARKED: 4 August 1917
TROOP SHIP: HMAT A32 Themistocles
FATE: Returned to Australia, 1 August 1919
Albert Davies was born in Hamilton in 1899 to Frederick Davies and Mary Ann Blackney. Following the lead of his two older brothers, Albert enlisted in Melbourne on 10 May 1917 aged nineteen years. He left Australia on 4 August 1917 with the 6th Battalion, 21st reinforcements to England.
Although Albert appears not to have left England’s shores for France, he did have a difficult time overseas. Soon after arriving in England he would have heard the news his brother Stanley had been killed in France. Albert was in training at the time, but by early 1918, he was hospitalised for almost a month with tonsillitis. In late 1918, Albert was again hospitalised in England for over two months and in early 1919, influenza saw him back in hospital, again in England.
On 1 August 1919, Albert returned to Australia and in December and discharged as ‘Medically Unfit’. Albert’s diagnosis was Effort Syndrome, also called “soldier’s heart” or ‘disordered action of the heart’, a psychological disorder where emotions such as fear lead to among other symptoms, an irregular heartbeat.
Albert passed away in 1935 aged thirty-six. On 19 March 1935, The Argus reported on the death of a pedestrian in Church Street Richmond the Saturday before. The man’s name was Albert Davies and his reported aged was thirty-seven. That Albert Davies was buried at Fawkner Cemetery on 18 March 1935. It just may have been Albert Davies formerly of Hamilton.