Alfred DAVIES
Rank: Private
Number: 90546
Unit: 2nd Garrison Battalion King’s (Liverpool) Regiment
Date of Death: 8 November 1918
Age: 25
Cemetery: Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece

In the late summer of 1890, Alfred Davies married Frances at St Elizabeth's Church, Reddish. By 1901, when a census was taken, they were living at 30 Chestergate, Stockport and now had five children - Ethel (then 9), Alfred (7), Samuel (5), Frank (3) and Louis (7 months). Alfred was the verger of St Mary's Church (and would later move to 56 Churchgate).

Perhaps not surprisingly, Alfred, junior, was active in several church organisations as he grew up and was a keen member of the Church Lads' Brigade. He enlisted into the army in February 1915, leaving his job in the warehouse of the Vernon Cotton Spinning Company, Mersey Street, Portwood.

Garrison battalions were formed early in the war and were usually comprised of men unfit for the rigours of trench warfare. They were often posted to various countries of the Empire, releasing Regular Army units for the Front. Other Battalions, like Alfred's, were posted to theatres of war where they undertook non-fighting duties in the rear areas where a military presence might be required - for instance, on the supply lines, sentries at ports, etc.

The 2nd Garrison Battalion of the King's was sent to northern Greece to support the troops opposing the Bulgarian Army north of Salonika (now Thessalonika). A characteristic of this part of the conflict was the high number of men who died of natural causes - for every man killed in action, three died of malaria, dysentery or other illness.

The latter part of 1918 saw a worldwide pandemic of influenza which, in a time before antibiotics, caused the deaths of millions of people worldwide and Alfred was no exception. He is thought to have contracted flu and was, no doubt, in one of the military hospitals at Kalamaria when his condition developed into pneumonia and he died.

   
           
   
     
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