DAVIDSON, John Havelock
(Service number 7/1606)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank


Date 18 February 1889 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 25 August 1915 Age 26 years
Address at Enlistment Trafalgar St, Timaru
Occupation Carrier
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single then married
Next of Kin Mrs R. E. DAVIDSON (wife), care of Mrs W. Bloomfield, 9 Stafford Street, Timaru
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 7th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 9 October 1915
Transport Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Where Captured and by Whom
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Date Reason

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Post-war Occupations



Date 2 December 1958 Age 69 years
Place of Death Devonport, New Zealand
Memorial or Cemetery Purewa Crematorium & Cemetery, Auckland
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Havelock Davidson was born on 13 February 1889 at Timaru, the youngest son of John and Christina (née Wilson) Davidson. Along with his siblings he was educated at Gleniti (known as Wai-iti) School, and transferred to Waimataitai School in 1899, leaving there at the age of 15. When he enlisted on 25 August 1915, he was single. On 28 September 1915 he married Rosina Ellen Bloomfield at Chalmers Church, Timaru. Mrs R. E. Davidson was his next-of-kin when he embarked.

Lance-Corporal J. H. Davidson, 7/16006, of Timaru, returned to New Zealand aboard the “Chupra”, one of 732 soldiers due at Lyttelton about July 22nd, 1919. After John and Rosina were divorced in 1924, John married Minnie Macmillan. He died on 2 December 1958 at Devonport, aged 69. He was cremated at Purewa and his ashes were interred in Purewa Cemetery.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [2014 & 30 April 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [30 April 2021]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [01 May 2021]; Purewa Crematorium & Cemetery records [01 May 2021]; NZ Times, 4 July 1919 (Papers Past)

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