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Captain (w/s Major)
(Family nickname Bud)
13 Aug 1912 Chicago, Illinois USA
53759 Sapper Rank
166499 Officer Rank
71st Field Company RE
No. 17 Bomb Disposal Company
No.2 Parachute Squadron RE
No.3 Parachute Squadron RE
591 Antrim Parachute Squadron RE
503 Field Comany RE
Enlisted 19 Aug 1937 as a Sapper
Jan 1940 promoted to Serjeant working in the Intelligence Department at the War Office, London.
Attended 141 Officer Cadet Training Unit
18 Jan 1941 granted Emergency Commission with rank of 2nd Lieutenant and posted to 24th Depot Battalion
28 Apr 1941 posted to 71st Coy. RE
20 Dec 1941 promoted to Lieutenant and posted to
No.17 Bomb Disposal Coy.
24 Oct 1942 posted to No.2 Parachute Squadron
12 Nov 1942 promoted to A/Captain
1-18 Feb 1943 Course 49 Parachute Training RAF Ringway
4 Apr 1943 posted to No.3 Parachute Squadron as Adjutant.
15 Jun 1943 posted to 591 Antrim Parachute Squadron as Second in Command
7 Jun 1944 promoted to A/Major Officer in Command
16 Nov 1944 posted to 44 RHU Reinforcement Holding Unit as Officer in Command].
4 Dec 1944 posted to 50 RHU
27 Mar 1945 posted to 503 Field Company RE as 2ic [Second in Command]
Eldest son of Anthony Bellet Davidson (1882-1960) and his wife Georgina Bendelow (1880-1962).
His parents were both native Scots. They had emigrated to the USA, where they married in 1909. His father was an Electrical Engineer by trade.
He had an elder sister Annie Bertha (Betty) (1910-1994), the wife of author and theologian F.F. Bruce; a sister Winona (Nona) (1914-1957) and a younger brother Captain Thomas Bendelow Davidson(1915-2002) RAMC , a GP in Aberdeen.
Gordon Davidson, and his family, arrived in the UK on 14 Sept 1913 aboard the SS Scandanavian to visit relatives in Scotland. Three weeks after arriving, his paternal uncle, a farmer, was killed in a motorcycle accident and GFD's family took over the farm Wardford, near Methlick, Aberdeenshire. GFD was educated at Robert Gordon's School, Aberdeen and at Aberdeen University from 1931 to 1932 where he qualified as a pharmacist.
During the war his parents, younger sister and eldest daughter moved from Wardford to Garrol farm, Strachan near Banchory. They were assisted on the farm with a small contigent of Italian POWs. He was survived by his parents, siblings, second wife and a daughter by each of his wives. There are currently 5 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
(1) Jan 1940 London - to C. Lesley Grant (1912-1941)
witness to marriage AJC Cunningham RE.
(2) Feb 1943 York - to E. Pearl Bowman (1914 - 2009)
witness to marriage Lt. John Douglas Inman (2+3 Para Sqn RE & 591 Antrims)
3 Dec 1945 aged 33 near Ommen, Netherlands
Munster Heath War Cemetery, near Osnabruck, Germany Section 4, row F grave no. 12. [Der Waldfriedhof Lauheide near Telgte]
GFD's first wife's aunt was Margaret Masson Hardie Hasluck who was stationed in Cairo, Egypt, where she worked for the Albanian Section of SOE.
She had for many years lived in, studied and mapped Albania, and escaped the country when the Italians invaded. She had fortunately left some of her maps and notes with her sister (GFD's mother in law) in Elgin, Scotland. When Margaret received the first of her SOE agents to train for a drop in to Albania, they had not been sent with suitable equipment or maps. They had standard issue desert kit, quite unsuitable for the cold mountains of Albania. She arranged for her sister to have her own maps copied and to procure any spare sets of longjohns available in the Elgin community. GFD was working at the War Office at this time, and arranged for these items to be flown out to Cairo. A receipt for these is in Margaret's SOE case file in the National Archives and GFD's sister in law confirmed the story in detail.
G.F. Davidson and his elder sister Betty
G.F. Davidson and his two sisters Nona and Betty,
outside their Wardord, Methlick home.
Gordon (centre) with younger siblings Tom and Nona
on a seaside holiday at Cruden Bay.
Gordon and his elder sister Betty feeding sheep on the family farm.
GF Davidson and siblings Betty, Nona and Tom outside their Wardford Farm Home.
G.F.Davidson (front row left) and clockwise sister Betty, sister Nona and brotherTom.
Sjt. Davidson and first wife Lesley in 1940 soon after they were married. She died in 1941.
Capt. Davidson and his elder daughter 1942
Capt. Davidson (centre) and his second wife Pearl at their wedding in York in 1943, also in attendance as best man, in uniform, Capt. (Jack) John Douglas Inman of No.3 Para. The two children are Capt. Davidson's nephew and niece. His two sisters are second from far left and second from far right in the photo. His brother in law is 5th from the left.
Capt. Davidson and his younger daughter -winter 1944
Capt. Davidson and his second wife Pearl in 1943
Capt. Davidson circa 1943
Capt. Davidson's grave at Munster Heath War Cemetery, Germany.
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