DAVIES, Albert

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

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Albert Davis (right) photographed with his brother Stanley Walton Davis. Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial Image no. DA15721 https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/DA15721/

 

 

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. 

 

ONLINE SOURCES

Australian War Memorial – 6th Australian Infantry Battalion

Discovering Anzacs – WW1 – Service Record – Albert Davies

Newspaper articles from Trove – Albert Davies

The AIF Project – Albert Davies

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