Sad death of a couple both working/fighting in WW1

Swan Hunters ship yard was previously owned by Schlesinger, Davis and Co and bought in 1897.The Mr Davis in the company had a son called Reginald Noel Davis who worked for his Dad as a marine engineer he later became a Captain in the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment from the West Riding. He was killed in action on 12th October 1916.He died in battle attacking the fortifications at Le Transloy in the Somme area. Reg had married Mildred Constance Smith on New Years Day 1916 in Dorset. She was the daughter of the Vicar of St Pauls in Whitley Bay.
Mildred died two years later herself after her husbands death in Marseilles from pneumonia or Spanish Flu as it was called on 8th October 1918. She had been a red cross driver for the French and joined up after her husband had died.She is buried in the War cemetry in Marseilles.

  1. Hi Vicki, I would like to share this with Cullercoats Family History Center on Monday 2nd Oct. They may have more information about this story.

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