James Llewellyn Davies VC

James Llewellyn Davies (16/03/1886 – 31/07/1917) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 31 July 1917 at Pilkem, Belgium. 

The Citation, recorded by the London Gazette on Supplement: 30272, Page: 9260 reads:

“No. 31161 Cpl. James Llewellyn Davies, late R. Welsh Fus. (Nantymoel, Glamorgan).

For most conspicuous bravery. During an attack on the enemy’s line, this non-commissioned officer pushed through our own barrage and, single handed, attacked a machine gun emplacement after several men had been killed in attempting to take it.

He bayoneted one of the machine gun crew and brought in another man, together with the captured gun.

Cpl. Davies, although wounded, then led a bombing party to the assault of a defended house, and killed a sniper who was harassing his platoon. This gallant non-commissioned officer has since died of wounds received during the attack.”

He is buried in Canada Farm Cemetery, Elverdinghe, Belgium.

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