Leonard Davies

Leonard Davies was born on 29th June 1893 at Townfield Lane in Frodsham and baptised on 23rd July that year at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Frodsham.  He was the son of Walter Davies (born Bagillt, Flintshire) and his wife Betsy (nee Antrobus, formerly Carter) who was born at Kingsley.  Walter Davies had been married before and widowed and left with four children.  Betsy had been married before and widowed and left with children.  Walter was a journeyman engine fitter.  

Less than six months after Leonard was born, his father Walter died, on 4th December 1893.  

In 1901 the family of which Betsy was now the head were living at 48, Chester Road, Sutton Weaver.  Her son George Antrobus was aged 23 years, Arthur Davies was 19 years old, Herbert Davies was 17 years old, Lillian Davies was 10 years old and Leonard was seven years old.  Another son named Harry Davies had died in 1889 aged one year and a son named Frederick James Davies had died in 1900 at the age of 14 years.  

Ten years later they were still living in Sutton Weaver.  The only children still at home were Arthur and Leonard who were both employed as domestic gardeners.  Betsy declared that she had had eleven children of whom four had died.

Leonard served in the Royal Field Artillery in the Great War.  He was a Bombardier, with the service number 215654.  However, nothing is known of his war service.

Leonard’s mother Betsy died in 1918 at Sutton Weaver.

On 7th February 1920 at Anderton, Leonard married Annie Latham, formerly Annie Walker, who was born at Norley.   She had previously been married for four years to Charles William James Latham.  

In October 1920 a daughter Dorothy was born and in March 1922 another daughter named Frances (Nancy).  Another child was born at some time later.

The 1939 Register recorded Leonard and his family as living at 174, Nantwich Road in Crewe.  He was working as a storeman for the LMS Railway.

Leonard Davies died in 1956 at Bournemouth, aged 62 years, four years before Annie passed away.