DAVIDSON, Frank




Brother of British Home Child, Private William Davidson also served in the First World War, Canadian Military Service Number 802161.






















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The following records have been discerned for Private Frank Davidson by Jennifer Layne for the BHCARA British Home Child Registry.  Listed by the Board of Guardians as a casualty of World War One. 


Library Archives of Canada
Item: Frank DAVIDSON
Given Name(s): Frank
Surname: DAVIDSON
Age: 12
Gender: M
Ship: DOMINION
Port of Departure: Liverpool
Date of Departure: 1908-07-30
Port of Arrival: Quebec
Date of Arrival: 1908-08-08
Year of Arrival: 1908
Party: Barnardo Homes
Destination: Peterborough and Toronto, Ontario
Comments: 118 boys to Toronto and 101 girls to Peterborough
Type of Records: Passenger Lists
Microfilm Reel Number: T-4759
Children travelling together: Q08BF
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Reference: RG 76 C1a
Item Number: 66518


Board of Guardians records note that Frank Davison arrived at the age of 14 in 1908 from Stockton Union via Barnardo Homes.  His first visitation was 19 Feb 1908, he was awarded two additional visitations.  He was seen 18 Mar 1909 and 25 Apr 1910, then additionally 16 Apr 1911.  He had contact on 31 Dec 1915 and notice was made 16 Feb 1917, On Active Service, Killed in Action.


1911 Canadian Census records place Frank Davidson as a Labourer in the household of Nancy and Joseph Pollock in McGillivray, Ontario.  Frank was noted as 16 years of age born Jul 1894 in England.


Library and Archives of Canada
Item: Frank DAVIDSON (237671)
Given Name(s): Frank
Surname: DAVIDSON
Event: enlisted in Overseas Canadian Forces
Notes: Arrived from England in 1908
Record Title: Ups and Downs (magazine published by the Canadian Branch of Dr. Barnardo's Homes, Toronto), July 1916
Page Number: 11
Issue Number: 3
Volume Number: 19
Reference: Gene CS88 A1 U68, not available on microfilm
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Database Item Number: 237671


Attestation papers were signed 11 Oct 1915 in Parkhill, Ontario.  Frank was born 13 Jul 1894 in Stockton-On-Tees, Durham, England.  He was a farmer by trade.  Next of Kin was his brother, William Davidson of Parkhill, Ontario.  He was 5'6" in height with blue eyes and brown hair, he had a large burn scar on his right forearm just below his elbow.  His religion was noted as Church of England.


Commonwealth War Graves Registers and Circumstances of Casualty states that he was Killed in Action near Courcelette.  

Next of Kin was noted as Mr. William Davidson of Parkhill, Ontario but register was returned undelivered.  A second address was added for Mrs. S. Cox of 88 Hillbank Street, Middleborough, Yorkshire, England. His body was not recovered for burial.  His name is listed on the Vimy Memorial, Vimy, Nord Pas de Calais, France.


Canadian Virtual War Memorial notes that he was the son of the late Elizabeth and Frank Davidson.


Find A Grave Memorial# 56676187