Arthur Donaldson Davies corrections
April 19, 2012
Hello Mr. Gregory
Today I came across some correspondence on your site (your web blog) that dates back to 2004 so I am not sure if you will be able to help me or your correspondent, Josephine O Horner.
The article is entitled "Information about Captain Arthur Donald Davies and the ship Bellgold?". I find her correspondence interesting, although not correct, I believe.
The father of the children of Arthur D Davies that she mentions are children of Arthur Donaldson Davies who was born in 1871 in Buckfastleigh Devon. Arthur Donaldson Davies was a master mariner, but her dates are obviously incorrect and I believe he did not go to sea at age 14. In 1891 at the age of 19 he was living independently with his siblings in Guildford, Surrey, and he is listed as not having any voyages in 1895 and 1897 on the Lloyds of London's Captain Register. By 1901 he was a farmer in Heathfield Sussex, and by 1911 was a Tobacconist with his brother William Charles in Willesden, Middlesex. In 1930 he is listed again as a Master Mariner as the executor of his brother's Will. I cannot, therefore confirm or deny her other facts, but certainly he did not go to sea in 1870.
Arthur Donaldson Davies' father was Cmdr Henry Davies of the Royal Navy. In 1853 he was aboard the "Electra" in Australian waters. He subsequently served on HMS Spider and HMS Forward, eventually gaining the rank of Commander.
The purpose of my email is my hope that you will still have contact details for her, and able to pass my email address on to her in the hope that she might contact me. I realize the passage of time may make this difficult.
Thanks for taking the trouble to write to me.
I regret that I do not still have Josephne's email address, but on our URL:
"Information about Captain Arthur Donald Davies and the ship Bellgold?". on Ahoy that carries the interchange I had with her back in 2004,
We will add your letter.
As a stoke of luck, I found relations of hers. She has passed away. I have been in correspondence with them, and
My thanks for your information.