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William Linklater DAVIDSON

Regimental number1796
Place of birthAberdeen Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationEngine driver
AddressWhitehouse, Aberdeen, Scotland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinJohn Davidson, Whitehouse, Aberdeen, Scotland
Enlistment date29 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1796A
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Divisional Signal Column
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal and Mention in Despatches


Recommendation date: 15 September 1916

FateReturned to Australia 15 November 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations near BEAUREVOIR and MONTBREHAIN covering the period 3rd to 6th October, 1918, this N.C.O. displayed great coolness, valour and keen devotion to duty. Whilst in charge of a Linesmen's relay post 2nd Corporal DAVIDSON worked under heavy enemy shell fire and through hours of darkness in laying and maintaining forward telephone lines. Throughout the operations he displayed great leadership initiative and courage resulting in unbroken communication between line Battalions and Brigade, over critical periods of the operations and the inspiration of his linesmen to great efforts.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: [391] Lt John DAVIDSON MC, 15th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 26 December 1918.
Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death8 June 1948 Death attributed to war service.

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