(Service number 49608)

Aliases Frank
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 2 July 1896 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 26 February 1917 Age 20 years 7 months
Address at Enlistment 183 North Street, Timaru
Occupation Storeman
Previous Military Experience 2nd South Canterbury Regiment (still serving)
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs M. A. DAVIDSON (mother), 183 North Street, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 7 inches. Weight 129 lbs. Chest measurement 30½-33 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes brown. Hair fair. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing & colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated (left arm). Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Class A.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 27th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 13 June 1917
Transport Tahiti
Embarked From Destination Devonport, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 20 August 1918 Reason No longer physically fit for war service (right lower .... scoliosis).

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 10 April 1980 Age 83 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Francis (Frank) Davidson was born on 2 July 1896 or 17 June 1894 at Timaru, the son of Andrew McKenzie Davidson (or Andrew?) and his wife Mary Anne née Wilds, and a brother of John Davidson.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [03 August 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5537 0032014) [04 August 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W55627 0129745) [05 August 2016]; Timaru Herald, 14 Februry 1917, 16 March 1917, Star, 6 July 1918, Temuka Leader, 9 July 1918 (Papers Past) [09 August 2016]

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