DAVISON, William Roy
(Service number 6/3675)
|Aliases||Roy; also spelt DAVIDSON|
|First Rank||Sergeant||Last Rank||Lance- Corporal|
|Date||18 April 1892||Place of Birth||Gawler, South Australia|
|Date||(1) 7 October 1916; (2) 23 October 1916||Age||24 years|
|Address at Enlistment||Albury Post Office, Canterbury|
|Previous Military Experience||9th Reinforcements (Featherston) - rejected as medically unfit. 2nd South Canterbury Regiment (still serving)|
|Next of Kin||Alexander DAVISON (father), Albury, South Canterbury|
|Medical Information||Height 6 feet. Weight 167 lbs. Chest measurement 34-39 inches. Complexion between dark and fair. Eyes grey. Hair dark brown. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing good. Colour vision correct. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. teeth fair. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Illness - operated on a year ago for varicocele & varicose veins (left calf). Pain in groin afterwards & in leg below scar unable to continue training & was discharged in consequence on May 1st 1916. (2) Recent scar 8 inches long, vertical in direction, inner side left calf. (Operation scar, varicose veins)|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||25th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company|
|Date||26 April 1917|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Plymouth, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Regiment|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||14 October 1919||Reason||In consequence of being no longer physically fit for War Service on account of illness contracted on Active Service.|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||24 August 1958||Age||66 years|
|Place of Death||Timaru|
|Notices||Timaru Herald, 25 August 1958|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Cremated Salisbury Park, Timaru|
|Memorial Reference||Memorial Plaque|
|New Zealand Memorials|
William Roy Davison, known as Roy, was the son of Alexander and Flora (née Wilson) Davison. In 1904 he came to Albury School from Adelaide, South Australia. Roy was initially rejected as unfit for the military forces after an operation for varicose veins.
A grandchild recalled William died of a sudden brain clot on24 August 1958 and was cremated at Linwood in Christchurch. His ashes were relocated to Salisbury Park to lie with those of his wife Ivy Isobel Davison after she died on 7 July 1977.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Cenotaph Database [29 May 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5537 0032607) [07 July 2016], NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5562 0129836) [02 July 2017]; Timaru Herald, 10 & 15 September 1915 (Papers Past) ; School Admission Records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) ; Salisbury Park Crematorium plaque inscription (South Canterbury Branch NZSG Cemetery records microfiches) [16 October 2014]; Timaru Herald, 25 & 26 August 1958 (Timaru District Library) [16 October 2014]; SCRoll web submission by WR Davison, 1 MArch 2021
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