Davies, Aubrey Vincent Leigh KC

Birth Name Davies, Aubrey Vincent Leigh KC
Call Name Aubrey
Gender male
Age at Death 59 years, 11 months, 28 days


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth 11 April 1882 Brixton, Surrey  
Death 9 April 1942 Singapore - Miyako Hospital  
Adopted     Change of name to Aubrey Vincent Leigh Davies


Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Leigh, Ernest Robert
Mother Wells, Hannah Eliza
         Davies, Aubrey Vincent Leigh KC
Stepfather Drake, James
Mother Wells, Hannah Eliza
    Half-brother     Drake, James Henry
Stepfather Davies, Joan Rhydderch
Mother Wells, Hannah Eliza
    Half-brother     Davies, Joan Daniel Rhydderch


    Family of Davies, Aubrey Vincent Leigh KC



Aubrey was the son of Ernest Robert Leigh, a schoolmaster or "presentor" and Hannah Eliza Wells who were married in Shoredich, London in 1879. At that time they lived at 5 Brixton Hill. Brixton, London. What became of Mr Leigh is unknown.

Aubrey had two step brothers. The older step brother, James Henry Drake, was from his mother's first marriage - to James Drake. The younger step brother was Joan Daniel Rhydderch Davies from his mother's third marriage - to Joan Rhydderch Davies.

Aubrey's birth certificate is one of the documents his mother produced to secure a "marriage settlement" - divorce from Aubrey's father. The subsequent marriage certificate between Aubrey's mother Hannah and Ioan Rhydderch Davies was also produced for the divorce.

Aubrey became Aubrey Vincent Leigh Davies - taking his new stepfather's surname as his own.

Aubrey became a barrister in 1906 in Lincolns Inn Fields, London.

Aubrey married Margaret Amelia Taylor at the Registry Office in London City on the 15th July 1914. He showed his address as 2 Essex Court, Temple, London EC --

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 2 APRIL, 1917. 3X85 had the following entry:
"The undermentioned to be temp. Lts..
whilst empld. on recruiting duties • —
26th Mar. 1917.
James Leonard Crouch.
Aubrey Vincent Leigh Davies.
Lucins George Patrick Eiffe.
Leon Freedman.
Harry Geen.
Percy Scott Hill Scott Crickitt"

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 11 JUNE, 1918. 6905 had the following entry:
"Temp. Lt. A. V. L. Davies relinquishes his commn. on ceasing to be empld., and is granted the hon. rank of Lt. 30th May 1918"

In the "Megans Baptism" picture it looks like Aubrey in the front row on the left holding a white shawl. It may well be his wife, Margaret Amelia, to the left of him. His step father, Ioan Rhydderch Davies, is in the top right corner and his mother Hannah is the 2nd lady from the right on the top row. I would guess the lady in the large hat between his mother and step father would be his step father's mother. This picture seems to have been taken at Irene Megan Davies' christening in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex in April 1920.

On 19th July 1920, Aubrey went to practise as "Aubrey Davies & Co", in Singapore. One shipping list shows him travelling from Liverpool to Singapore in 1929. In 1942, his address there was 15, Bonham Buildings, Singapore.

After the Japanese over-ran Singapore on the 15th February 1942, he was imprisoned in the dreadfully overcrowded Changi Prison. Many prisoners were to die there from disease, malnutrition and beatings from their captors. Aubrey died in Miyako Hospital, Singapore on the 9th April 1942 - less than 2 months after the Japanese invasion.

His Roll of Honour may be seen at:


The Roll of Honour gives Aubrey's age when he died as being 68 (thus with a d.ob. of 1874) but the 1891 census and his marriage certificate of 1914 shows indicate he was born in 1882/3 thus he would have been under 60 years old when he died.

I can find no information as to what happened to Aubrey's wife Margaret Amelia Davies, nee Taylor.


The 1935 Directory of Singapore & Malaya has:
SINGAPORE   telephone 2101
A.V.L. Davies, Bar-at-Law.
C.C. Tan, Bar-at-Law
Chief Clerk: Tan Soo Song
Stenographer: Goh Ah Keng
Clerks: Loh Yam Siah, Ang Boon Hong, Tan Bah Chee, Ong Kim Tah,
Leong Goon Hong, M. Ibrahim,

C.C. Tan [Tan Chye Cheng] became a famous Singapore lawyer, setting up another partnership Tan, Rajah & Cheah in 1947, becoming President of Singapore Law Society and involved in post-war Singapore politics in the Democratic Progressive Party - put paid to by Lee KYs PPP. You will find that Tan, Rajah & Cheah still exists. A few photos of C.C. Tan can be found in the Singapore National Archives PICAS photo gallery. 

Above information kindly supplied by Jonathan Moffatt


  1. Leigh, Ernest Robert
    1. Wells, Hannah Eliza
      1. Davies, Aubrey Vincent Leigh KC