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Regimental number2648
Place of birthAberdeen, Scotland
AddressBallaworrie, Young, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinUncle, J. Ogg, Newton, Boghead, Rothrenorman, Scotland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 15 November 1916
Age at death from cemetery records25
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.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parent: Susan DAVIDSON. Born at Meldrum, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength of 20th Bn, Australian Hill, 5 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 5 May 1916; admitted to No 7 Australian Field Ambulance, 6 May 1916 (shrapnel wounds, left arm and shoulder); transferred to No 8 Casualty Clearing Station, 6 May 1916; to No 18 Ambulance Train, 6 May 1916; to Australian Voluntary Hospital, Wimereux, 7 May 1916; to No 5 Convalescent Depot, Wimereux, 27 May 1916; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, no date stated.

Transferred to Boulogne, 10 June 1916.

Rejoined 20th Bn, 15 June 1916.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 9 August 1916.

Mentioned, 16 August 1916, for good and gallant behaviour in connection with the recent hard fighting around Pozieres.

Promoted Corporal, 6 November 1916.

Posted as missing in action, 15 November 1916.

Killed in action, 15 November 1916.

Buried, Guidecourt Map, 1/10,000, M. 18 C.

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

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