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John Thomas and Frances Davies

John Thomas and Frances Davies

My Great Grandfather John Thomas Davies(1857-1932) and known as "Tom", with his first wife Frances Davies (nee Prew, who originated from Cheltenham) outside their house at Pettycroft, Ruardean. Both are buried in Ruardean chuchyard.

He was a miner, as was his father. Born in Walford, he spent most of his life at Ruardean.

Married three times, the last time to a Mrs Smart, hostess of the Swan Inn Brierley.

He met an untimely death when he fell from a train during the return trip from a Cannop Colliery outing to Blackpool.

John Thomas Davies was also Great Grandfather (obviously) to my brother, Canon Cliff Davies (now retired) who was rector of Ruardean for 19 years.

(Photo supplied by Robert Davies - Cinderford)

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