& The History of Houses
THIS MONTH, I AM GOING TO WRITE A FOLLOW UP ON TWO ARTICLES I HAVE WRITTEN IN THE PAST YEAR
In the first reflections, “Readers’
Wartime Recollections”, published in Bay April 2017, I had been contacted by Mr Chris
Davies, CBE, DL,
who had told me about his father, George Haydn
Davies’ first wife Ida, who had
been killed during the first bombing raid on Swansea during the second world war 1940. The Davies family
had been living at 3 Broadway, Sketty,
when Ida and
her daughter had gone down to 28 Russell
Street to visit her family. Ida 28,
survived the bombing raid but died the following day, 2 September in Swansea Hospital. The rest of the family, father Reginald John
Jones 55, mother Mary Kate Jones 56,
Jones 26, brothers Kenneth
Jones 16, Alan Hirwain Jones12,
and daughter Jean Margaret
Davies 6 had all been killed in the bombing raid on 1 September 1940.
Whilst in communication with Chris, he asked me
various questions as to where the family were buried and the location of the graves. The answers were obtained from the Cemeteries Department in the Civic Centre – they know me well in that office!
He went to Oystermouth Cemetery and laid a wreath. To add to the mystery, he told me there was already a wreath in position, did I possibly know who could have laid it? I was foxed.
Over last few years, I have been researching the men and women from Swansea, who fought in both world wars. I also created two Facebook pages, Swansea War
Dead – First World
War and Second World War. Each
day I would put up a post stating those men/women who were killed on that particular day. I received a message from Mr Bob Rees, asking a
variety of questions in regarding to the incident on the 1 September 1940. We spoke on the phone and I had told him about Chris, and where he
fitted in to the picture.
I arranged to meet the two men at the cemetery on 1 September this year.