Commonwealth War Graves - Philip Edgar Davies

Author: Doug Larsen
Date published: 08/11/2011
© Doug Larsen

Commonwealth War Graves


Davies, Philip Edgar

Place and Date of Birth:

~1899, Swindon, Wiltshire

Place of Residence:



Son of Macfarlane and Sarah Davies and brother of Margaret and Charles of St. Osyth, Newbury.

Military Record




Service Number:



East Surrey, 10th Battalion

Date of Death:

January 24th, 1917

Age at Death:


Additional Information:

“Edgar”was educated at the Wesleyan School and Grammar School in Newbury, matriculating at London University at the age of 17. After 3 years at the Office of Borough Accountants, Newbury and becoming Assistant Magistrates Clerk at Mortlake he became articled to a Solicitor in Clifford’s Inn. He passed the intermediate and was reading for the final Law Examination, due in 1916, when he joined up with the East Surrey Regiment in October 1915.


He was appointed Company Clerk with the rank of Lance Corporal while stationed at Shoreham and received his second stripe when the battalion was moved to Dover.

While performing his duties in Dover, Edgar Davies became ill and died of septic pneumonia at the Military Hospital in Dover.

He was very studious in nature with interests in literature and languages and was an authority on architecture and archaeology. An interest in travelling took him on walking and cycling tours of the UK, France, Belgium and Germany.

Friends described him as having a “sunny disposition and large-hearted nature” which drew people to him.

After military honours in Dover, his body was brought to Newbury for interment and the funeral was held in Newtown Road Cemetery where the service was conducted by Rev C.V. Pike and attended by many family members and friends.

His name appears on a memorial in St. Bartholomew’s School.

Sources:Personal research, CWG

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