William DAVIES
Rank: Acting Lance Corporal
Number: M2/053935
Unit: 570th Company ARMY SERVICE CORPS
Date of Death: 1 April 1916
Age: 27
Cemetery: Nairobi South Cemetery, Kenya

William was born in Manchester but, by the time of the 1901 Census, the Davies family had moved to Stockport and was living at 39 Cunliffe Street. His father, also called William, was then aged 39 and worked as an engine fitter. His mother, Mary, was 38. William was aged 11. His older brother, James, was an apprentice to a clerk. William had three younger siblings - Eva, 7; Alfred, 4 and Harry, 6 months.

At some point, he married Martha and they lived at 205 Edgeley Road, Stockport. It's not known when William volunteered for the army, but the "2" in his service number prefix indicates his original attachment was to an Army Service Corps unit with the 2nd Army, formed in 1914. He probably enlisted in the late autumn of that year when there was a call for experienced drivers to enlist. William travelled to London and will have joined up at the ASC's main depot at Grove Park

570th Company was formed in September 1915 and all of its overseas service was in East Africa. It was responsible for maintaining stores dumps along the army's line of communication from a major port to the forward areas. The Company would have had about 340 soldiers using 45 3-ton lorries and 16 30cwt lorries. William will have been in a military hospital when he died of natural causes (or an accident unconnected with his military service).

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