Davidson, William Adrian
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders
Biography: Eldest son of Alexander Davidson, Blythewood, Inverurie; born Aberdeen, 28 December 1894 ; educated at the Grammar School and Gordon's College, Aberdeen, and later at Trinity College, Glenalmond ; he commenced the study of Medicine at Aberdeen University in 1912. In January 1915 he entered the R.M.C., Sandhurst, and after a few months of training was gazetted to the Gordon Highlanders, 2nd Battalion, with which he served in France till the following September, when, having been wounded in action near Hulluch, he was invalided home. On recovery, and after a short period of home service (at Stoneywood Wireless Station) he rejoined his regiment in France ; three months later he was mortally wounded in action near Mametz, and died on 2 July 1916. Officers and men alike testify to the bravery with which Davidson led his men in the face of terrible odds ; his gallantry and pluck are praised by all who knew him under the difficult conditions of active service.
Date of Death: 02 July 1916
Burial Details: Buried at Morlancourt British Cemetery, No. 1, Row A, Grave 30.
Publication: Roll of Service, edited by Mabel Desborough Allardyce. Published 1921.
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