This post has been contributed by Susan Martin, one of the volunteers on the Queen Street project.
William’s birth registration was 1895 2nd quarter, Wolverhampton but his attestation paper gives his date of birth 1/3/1894. William probably went by the name of Gerald as this was his name on the Queen Street Congregational Church roll of honour and this is what he will be referred to. He was the third child and only son of George Edward and Frances Elizabeth Davies (nee Harley). His parents had married in St Peter’s Church Wolverhampton on the 25 September 1892. William Gerald had two older sisters Lilian (born 1892) and Gladys (born 1893). His father died on 30 December 1899 aged 32. Gerald was five at the time, and the family was living at 14 Victoria Street. George’s estate was £228 12s. The 1901 census, taken just over three months after George’s death, records Gerald’s mother Frances, aged 30 as a boot and shoe dealer and the family were living 16 Bath Road. On the 1911 census she is still a boot dealer. She and her three children were then at 68 Chapel Ash. Gerald was a clerk working for a merchant. His family were members of the Queen Street Congregational Church.
Between the April 1911 census and November 1915 Gerald emigrated to Canada. He may have been the G Davies clerk who travelled to Montreal from Liverpool on the ship Victorian on 4/11/1913., He attested for the Canadian army on 4 November 1915 in Calgary. He was 5ft 6inches tall with blue eyes and dark eyes. He gave his occupation as “accountant” and religious affiliation “Congregational”. Gerald served in the A company 25th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Nova Scotia Regiment). Gerald died on 8 August 1918 and his buried at Crucifix Corner Cemetery Villers-Bretonneux. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records his mother as living at 23 Balfour Crescent. Frances Davies died in 1923.