Monday, 27 April 2015

Davies, Albert Ernest - Flight Sergeant (Pilot)

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Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 27 September 1944
Age 23

Flight Sergeant Albert Davies lost his life in an accident whilst serving in Egypt.                    

Albert was the son of Ernest Sydney and Jessie Mary Davies. He was aged 23. He was employed as a Civil Servant until he joined the RAFVR in 1941. He was selected for flight training and went to Canada under the auspices of the Empire Training Scheme. He gained his 'wings' at the conclusion of the course. Albert had been a prominent member of St.Mary's Church, Rawtenstall, troop of scouts. He was also a former member of the congregation of St.Peter's, Laneside, Church.

Albert's body lies in Suez War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. The cemetery is situated on the western outskirts of the town, about three kilometres from the town centre towards the main Cairo to Suez road. Suez was an important hospital centre during the 1914-1918 War. In 1918 graves in other, smaller, cemeteries in the area were transferred to the new War Memorial Cemetery. The 1939-1945 War burials were from the large garrison hospitals based in and around Suez. There are now 513 Commonwealth casualties of the 1914-1918 War and 377 from the 1939-1945 War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. Albert's remains are in Plot 4, Row A, Grave 3.