I have written previously about my great uncle, Robert Victor Davies but not about his older sister, Mary Eleanor who was known to the family as Lallie.
During the summer I was going through a box of miscellaneous family photographs with my brother when we came across a locket. On one side it had a dark haired girl and on the other a young man in uniform.
"Robert Victor Davies - killed in France [sic] during the 1914-18 war at age 20 years. Served in Ireland for a time where this photo was taken."
|Robert Victor Davies|
Victor was killed on the Pilchem Ridge, near Ypres in Belgium on 31st July 1917 with many others from the 15th Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
I went back to look at the locket with Lallie on one side and Victor on the other and remembered a conversation with an older relative when I was a child. Lallie had died young she had said. A quick check of records on the internet showed that she had died at the age of 20 in March 1916. That was when I realised with the sense of having been given something that the locket I was holding must have belonged to their mother, Mary Grace and that she had the locket made so that she could carry her two lost children close to her heart.