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Captain (w/s Major)

Gordon Findlay

(Family nickname Bud)


13 Aug 1912 Chicago, Illinois USA

Service No.

53759    Sapper Rank

166499   Officer Rank 


Royal Engineers:

71st Field Company RE

No. 17 Bomb Disposal Company

No.2 Parachute Squadron RE

No.3 Parachute Squadron RE

591 Antrim Parachute Squadron RE

44 RHU

50 RHU

503 Field Comany RE

Military Notes:
Service Record:

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]

Family Notes:

Eldest son of Anthony Bellet Davidson (1882-1960)
and his wife Georgina Bendelow (1880-1962).
m.1910 Chicago, Illinois, USA

His parents were both native  Scots. They had emigrated to the USA as adults, his father was an Electrical Engineer by trade. The re-migrated to Scotland in September 1913 and remained in their native country the rest of their lives, firstly at Wardford, Methlick till 1942 and then to Garrol, Crathes, Kincardineshire.

Brother of 
Annie Bertha Davidson (Betty) (1910-1994), the wife of author and theologian F.F. Bruce; 
Winona (Nona) Mary Davidson (1914-1957)
and Captain Thomas Bendelow Davidson(1915-2002)  RAMC , a GP in Aberdeen after the war.

Gordon Davidson was educated at Robert Gordon's School, Aberdeen and at Aberdeen University from 1931 to 1932 where he qualified as a pharmacist.

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 directly descended from him.

Civilian Occupation:



(1) Jan 1940 London - to Charlotte Lesley Grant (1912-1941) witness to marriage AJC Cunningham RE.

(2) Feb 1943 York - to Edith 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 was the neice of Margaret Masson Hardie Hasluck who was stationed in Cairo, Egypt, where she worked for the Albanian Section of SOE.[click]

When Margaret realised that SOE would require maps of Albania but had none, and the SOE agents sent to her in Egypt dressed in desert kit, were woefully equipped for the mountain terrain in Albania, she sent a message to her sister in Elgin,Scotland to despatch the maps and raise a collection of longjohns from the local Elgin community, to be sent to Gordon Davidson at the War Office. From there he arranged for the crucial items to be flown to Cairo.





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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