This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment:
- Service no: Clyde Z/421
- Rank: Leading Seaman
- Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
- Unit/Ship: Drake Battalion, R.N. Div
- Place of Death: Turkey/Gallipoli
- Age at Death: 39
- Date of Death: 09.05.1915
- Burial Country: Turkey/Gallipoli
- Cemetery: Helles Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 8 to 15
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth:
- Address: 41 Milnbank Road, Dundee
- Occupation: Hose Pipe Weaver
Mary Davidson, 44 Milnbank Rd, Dundee
More about Joseph Davidson
Joseph has no known grave but is remembered on the Helles Memorial.
Joseph Davidson CZ/421 Drake Bn Royal Navy Division
“DIED LIKE A HERO.”
NAVAL BRIGADE VICTIM AT THE DARDANELLES.
The death of Joseph Davidson, a Dundee member of the Drake Battalion, 1st Naval Brigade, has been notified to his wife, who resides at 41 Milnbank Road.
Sub-Lieutenant G. G. M’Hardy wrote in the following terms :–” I cannot tell you how grieved I am to have to report to you the death of your husband. He was one of my section leaders, and was shot in the thigh while we were sweeping for snipers. He died like a hero, and did his duty to the very last. I had no more trustworthy man in my platoon. He died very peacefully, and we buried him this morning, and erected a cross over his grave. He was liked and respected by every one, and had he lived would have been recommended to the commander.”
O.S. W. L. Barrie. A Company, also referred in a letter to the high esteem in which deceased had been held, and remarked that, being an old soldier, he was able to give help and hints which they would all miss, but, apart from that, they all admired his unfailing cheerfulness and good nature.
Davidson, previous to joining the Drake Battalion, was employed in the city as hose pipe weaver.
Dundee People’s Journal 5th June 1915
Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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