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Regimental number2219
Place of birthEden, New South Wales
AddressEden, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 5.5"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinFather, George Davidson, Eden, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 June 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A63 Karoola on 16 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 22-25 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Sarah Ellen DAVIDSON. East Boyd, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength of 1st Bn, Gallipoli, 6 August 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, ex-Mudros, 1 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 22 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 March 1916.

On guard duties at Marseilles, 28 March 1916.

Admitted to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Marseilles, 5 June 1916 (not yet diagnosed); discharged to Anzac Base Details, 24 June 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 15 July 1916; rejoined 1st Bn, 22 July 1916.

Wounded in action, 22/25 July 1916.

Now, 11 October 1916, reported as 'Wounded and Missing in Action, 22/25 July 1916'.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 9 December 1916, pronounces fate as 'Killed in Action, 22/25 July 1916'.

B.103 notes 'buried in vicinity of Pozieres, Sheet 57d S.E. X.4'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DAVIDSON Roy

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