George William Davison



Jan 4, 1877

Born in Alnwick, Northumberland, England


Dec 26, 1902

Married to Helen Allen in Edinburgh, Scotland


Mar 2, 1917

Attested into the 252nd Battalion in Lindsay, Ontario 

Ø      Number 1087236

Ø      Next of kin given as Helen Thorburn Davison, wife, 1465 Alexander Ave., Montreal, Quebec

Ø      Previous occupation given as Shipper (Clerk)

Ø      Previous military experience given as 25th Regiment, Brant Dragoons, for 2 years

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian


Apr 1, 1917

Promoted to the rank of Corporal


May 29, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia

His name is misspelled on the embarkation roll as Davidson


Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the entire battalion was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training. 

On joining the reserve battalion he was reduced to the rank of Private as there were no openings for a Cpl within the battalion


Nov 14, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 12 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 17, 1917

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart


Nov 24, 1917

Left the CC Rein C and joined the 21st Battalion rear party as the battalion was in the front line trench east of Vimy Ridge.  He would have joined the main part of the battalion when they were relieved from the front line the following day


Nov 29, 1917

Attached to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty


Dec 11, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the Cellars Camp near Neuville St Vaast


Mar 1, 1918

While the battalion was in billets in Lieven, work parties were supplied to help rebuild trenches etc. While on one of these work parties, Private Davison received severe shrapnel wounds to his arms and legs from an enemy shell and was evacuated first to a field ambulance for first aid before being transferred to the No. 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Mar 2, 1918

Private Davison died of his wounds while at the No. 6 CCS and was buried in the nearby Barlin Communal Cemetery

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Helen T. Davison, 10 Muir Park, Esbank, Dalkeith, Scotland. 

A Memorial Cross was also sent to his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Davison, 35 Bondgate Hill, Alnwick, Northumberland, England


George Davison is honoured in several places in his home town of Alnwick, England

The Alnwick War Memorial

View NEWMP webpage

The Duke's Middle School

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St. Michael's Chuch

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Inside of the Northumberland Hall in the Market Place

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The above memorials are reproduced witht the permission of the
North East War Memorials Project

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