Alexander Davidson

First Name: 
Alexander
Last Name: 
Davidson
Date of Birth: 
Wednesday, February 19, 1890
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, March 6, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Lance Corporal
Unit: 
56th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Friday, August 4, 1978
Place of Death: 
Newcastle, NSW
Details: 

Alexander Davidson was one of the many men that enlisted in the war. Born on 19 February 1890 to James Davidson and Lousia Pugh, Alex enlisted in 1916 at the age of 26.

He was a carpenter in Sydney before he enlisted.

Whilst on service, he was in the 56th Battalion and was appointed Lance Corporal in 1917.

Alex regularly wrote postcards to his sister, Lucy (Louisa) from the front.

He was wounded four times in action and each time he re-joined his battalion.

He returned to Australia in 1919 after filling out a demobilisation form stating that return to Australia was desired because his “parents are dependent.”

Following his return, he married Bella Kirkpatrick in 1920.

Davidson died in August, 1978 in Newcastle, NSW.

Alexander’s family are local, Illawarra residents and have kindly shared his story and photos with Wollongong City Libraries.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, DAVIDSON A

Images

Black and white portrait of three soldiers in uniform

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