|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||Melbourne, Victoria|
|School||South Melbourne and King Street, West Melbourne, State Schools|
|Address||Mosman, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||25|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs Davidson, 8 Shadforth Street, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Fifth Victorian Rifles and subsequently 60th Battalion, Victoria, under Colonel Courtney|
|Rank on enlistment||Lieutenant|
|Unit name||14th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/31/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Persia on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Captain|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||46th Battalion|
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
Mention in Despatches
Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).
|Other details from Roll of Honour Circular||His great grandfather, David Davidson, 92nd Highlanders, fought at the Battle of Waterloo, 18 June 1815, under the Duke of Wellington.|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Wytschaete, Belgium (Battle of Messines)|
|Age at death||27|
|Age at death from cemetery records||27|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 27), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: William Robert and Edith Mary DAVIDSON, husband of Enid L. DAVIDSON, 13 York Street, Glenferrie, Victoria. Native of Melbourne|
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' 169
|Family/military connections||Cousin: Captain L A P Ward, OBE, SMS. Secretary to General Sir William Birdwood throughout the war, including Gallipoli.|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Wounded at Gallipoli, 9 November 1915.
Occupation stated to be grain salesman on Roll of Honour Circular.Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal