2nd Lieutenant Robert Henry Walker Davidson

8th Service(Battalion)

Devonshire Regiment

1st July 1916

Born in Singapore in 1885. His parents were Frederic Gerald Davidson(born in 1855) and Mary Wilhelmina Bols

(1861-15/02/1906). They married on 19/08/1880.

Robert had a brother, Gerald louis(1886-11/07/1916) and a sister Helen Winifred(1891-29/11/1977).

The family lived abroad and Roberts only appearance in the census records was in 1901, when he was boarding at Tunbridge School in Kent.

Robert was commissioned a temporary 2nd Lieutenant on 26/08/1915 and his date of disembarkation into France was on 23/03/1916. He was killed in action on 01/07/1916.

He was awarded the 1914-1918 British War and Allied Victory medals.

His brother Gerald,Temporary Lieutenant 6th Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment was awarded a Military Cross on 09/07/1916, "For conspicuous gallantry in action. He led an attack across the open in daylight  to take a strongly fortified"stop". His attack was successful and enabled the whole trench to be seized and consolidated. He was twice wounded."

His wounds were of a serious nature and he died at No. 23 Casualty Clearing Station 48 hours later aged 30.  

He is buried in Heilly Station Mericourt - L'Abbe, France. Reference I.E.12.



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