CAPT Frederick Charles Davies

Location:          Capel y Garn Cemetary, Bow Street, Ceredigion, SY23 3EW

Details on cross:







Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved): hand painted

Cross dimensions (millimetres please)
Shaft Height:                 4300mm

Cross beam width:        580mm

Width of wood:              130mm

Thickness or depth:       25mm

Circle plate (if celtic type)
Outer diameter:  Approx 570mm

Width of circle:                40mm

Thickness:                      25mm

Other information:

Condition (cracked, paint peeling, woodwork, damage etc):

It was originally painted but is now very weather worn, as it has been fixed into the family plot by the shaft for many years.

Notes and observations:

Captain Frederick Davies was born in London into a Welsh family, educated at St Paul’s School, Hammersmith and qualified as a Doctor from Cambridge as a specialist in Tuberculosis. He was a House Physician and House Surgeon at Charring Cross Hospital in London as well as holding other positions in Public Health.

He was amongst the first to contribute to the research into War Nephritis/Trench Fever at the front. Publishing in ‘The Lancet’ before he died.

Extracts taken and translated from an article in ‘Y Tyst’. A Welsh Language Newspaper of the day.

‘On Wednesday October the 17th during the fighting in France fell the very able Captain Frederick Charles Davies. Youngest son of Mr and Mrs W.Davies. ‘Rosebury Villa’, Battersea Park, S.W and ‘Bryngwyn House’, Borth, Cardigan.

He was born on August the 9th 1884, educated at St. Paul’s School, Hammersmith and Downing College Cambridge and gained an  M.A, M.B, B.C, DPH(Cambridge), M.R.C.S(Engl), M.R.C.P(London). He was also studying towards his M.D.

He made the most of every honour that Charring Cross Hospital could give him as a House Surgeon and House Physician for 1909/1910. He was the Medical Officer of Battersea Tuberculosis Dispensary in 1911/1912 and Medical Registrar for Charring Cross Hospital. He was the Tuberculosis Officer for the County of Cambridge, Medical Officer for the Insurance Committee for the County of Cambridge and was a specialist in Tuberculosis. He wrote a number of papers on medical matters, the most recent of which has just been published on ‘Trench Fever’’

‘When the War broke out in 1914 he immediately joined the Expeditionary Force of Field Marshall French and had the responsibility of the Boulogne Infirmary for a short period before moving

to the Military Infirmary in Bethnal Green, London. He served in Rouen, before finally becoming attached to the Northumberland Fusiliers. He fell whilst tending to the wounded.’

He was a leader wherever he went, earned respect and was well thought of by all in all circles. He was looked upon as a brilliant Gentleman and Doctor by some of the foremost Physicians of the day.

It is certain that had he lived ten years longer then he would have been one of the predominant doctors in the world, specialising in Tuberculosis.’

“Not one sacrifice was too much for him I the name of his Country.”

His death is a heavy blow to the Army. There is a loss in the realm after his passing. There is an emptiness in his place in the Healthcare of the state, where he will be much missed. It is his parents,  brothers and sisters that feel the intense bereavement for such a kind, simple and true son and brother. His character was untarnished.

It is thought that he had a foresight to his fate. He said to his sister in Pen-y-gain Cemetery whilst looking at the gravestone of his sister and brothers

“It is not under this stone that I shall be buried”

He put his things ready before leaving for the lines to send home, should something happen to him.

“It will be difficult to see his possessions come to the house without him”

It will be a comfort for his parents to know that he fell in a righteous War, a battle of freedom, morality, against tyranny and feudalism.

There is a multitude of members of the Welsh Churches of London lying with him in the soil of France.

Citations/ Sources

Information from Welsh language article ‘Y Tyst’

Photograph of Charles Frederick Davies as part of the ‘Bond of Sacrifice’

West London Press – October 26 1917 (Article)

The Lancet- Vol 189 issue4875. 3rd Feb 1917 – A preliminary contribution on “P.U.O. (Trench Fever)

The Lancet- Vol 190 issue4900. 28th July 1917 –  A contribution to the study of “War Nephritis”

Image of Davies IWM – fair use, attributed


Survey, photographs and research courtesy of Elin Jones

Date of survey: 1/8/2017