Monday, May 21, 2012

Davies, Selwyn

died 14 December 1908 at Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch aged 79 years.
buried Linwood Cemetery block 11 plot 5A

Late of Regent Street, Woolston, Christchurch. Father of S. J. G. Davies of Burlington Street, Sydenham and Mrs E. J. Z. Curran, Hawkes Bay.
Star , Issue 9417, 15 December 1908, Page 3

Presentation.— A very pleasing ceremony took place in the Square at noon today, being a presentation to Mr Selwyn Davies by a few of his fellow-carriers on his attaining his seventieth birthday. The present took the form of a cake with a ribbon attached, a parcel of tobacco, &c. Mr R. Offwood officiated, and complimented the old Crimean veteran on his arriving in good health at such an advanced age.

Mr Davies briefly responded, thanking the donors for their handsome present. He said he felt proud of his comrades' esteem and likened the occasion to that on which Her Majesty pinned the Crimean medal on his breast. The ceremony was enthusiastic throughout and musical honours were accorded Mr Davies. The meeting terminated with the singing of God Save the Queen."
Star, Issue 4948, 11 May 1894, Page 3

Crimean Veterans.— Mr Selwyn Davies, an old Crimean veteran, formerly of the Scots Fusilier Guards, but now and for many years a driver of an express van in Christchurch, advertises that he will be glad to meet any old comrade in Cathedral Square on Thursday, being the fortieth anniversary of the Battle of Alma, the hour of meeting to be that at which the action commenced.

Star, Issue 5059, 19 September 1894, Page 3

The rapidly thinning ranks of Crimean veterans were further depleted some days ago, records the Press, when Mr. Selwyn Davies, sen., of Christchurch. passed away.

Mr. Davies was born at Coleford, Gloucestershire, England, and at the age of sixteen joined the Scots Fusiliers' Regiment of Foot Guards. In 1850, at Monmouth, he was enlisted for the 4th Dragoon Guards. From February, 1854, to July, 1856, he was present at the Battles of Alma and Balaklava, and the Siege of Sevastopol. He was the youngest soldier of the regiment, and his apparent youth drew from Queen Victoria, while her Majesty was presenting him with his medals, the remark ''You are very young to be one of my soldiers you are a mere boy."

Mr. Davies's only brother, who fought beside him, was shot down, a bitter experience that was ever green in the veteran's memory. Together with other old soldiers, Mr. Davies was presented to the Duke of York upon his visit to New Zealand. Mr. Davies arrived in New Zealand in 1863 by the ship Captain Cook.
Evening Post, Volume LXXVI, Issue 144, 17 December 1908, Page 7

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