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Laurence (Lawrence) a.k.a. Leo Davis/Davies

Rank: Gunner
Street: 107 Chapel Road
Town/Village: Knighton, Staffordshire, U.K.
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Alternative Address: Lisnanarriagh, Cloontuskert, Co. Roscommon (via Lanesborough P.O.)
Census 1901: Resident at Lisnanarriagh, under the surname Davies.
Census 1911: Resident at Lisanaria
Regiment/Unit: Royal Garrison Artillery, 14th Heavy Battery
Regiment Number: 59292
Date of Death: 18-04-1917
Cause: Killed in action, France
Memorial: Tilloy British Cemetery, Tilloy-les-Mofflaines, France

Laurence Davis, a.k.a. Leo Davies, was born in Lisnanarria, Cloontuskert, Co. Roscommon on the 16 April 1888. He married Teresa Clyne from Barnacor, Co. Longford on the 28 November 1908 in Lanesborough, and by 1911 they had three children: twins, Martin J. and Elizabeth M. and Teresa F. Their son Edmond was born in December that year. Sadly, his wife Teresa passed away in 1912* and their son Martin died in infancy. By the time the Great War broke out, Laurence was living in Staffordshire, where he was working as a fireman, likely in the potteries.

Gunner Davis's army record survives, under the name Leo Davies. He enlisted with the R.G.A. in October 1915 at Dover, and was posted to France in January 1917.

Parents Names: Son of Laurence Davis and Eliza (née Gormley), of Lisanaria, Cloontuskert, Co. Roscommon
Notes: *Teresa passed away less than two weeks after the birth of their youngest son.

Link to CWGC entryCivil Record of marriage

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