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27880   Private William Norman Davidson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 19/04/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 15th Battalion, 48th Canadian Highlanders (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 18/06/1894
Died: 04/11/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 22
William Norman Davison was the son of Harper and Mary Ellis Davison. William was born in Moneymore on 2nd June 1894. Harper was a magistrate and property broker. Later, Harper derived his income from slaves. William emigrated to Canada to join his older brothers Harry and Jack. William Davison enlisted in the army on 22nd September 1914 at Valcartier. He was 20 years old. In January 1915, Private Davison was taken to hospital, where he spent the next two months, with an unknown illness. Private William Davison rejoined his Battalion in May 1915. Private William Norman Davison was serving with the 15th Battalion of the 48th Canadian Highlanders when he was killed in action on 4th November 1916. He was 22 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Zouave Valley Cemetery
  Souchez, Pas de Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave 2-H-7
CWGC Casualty 561857
Souchez is a village some 12 kilometres north of Arras on the main road to Bethune. Zouave Valley Cemetery is approximately 2 kilometres south-east of the village, and lies in the valley which extends southwards from Souchez on the western side of Vimy Ridge.
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 183
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Davison family 1901 census lists Norman W as age 7 at house 6 in Old Cavehill Road, Clifton Ward, Belfast
2 1911 Census lists Davison family 1911 census lists William N as age 14 at house 11 in Alexandra Gardens, Duncairn, Antrim
3 Canadian Great War Project Details of Private William Norman Davison
4 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of Private William Davison including photos
5 Circumstances of Death Registers Details of Private William Norman Davidson's death
6 Lennox Wylie - Portrush Heroes Commemorated in Portrush Presbyterian Church, includes photo
7 William Davison Attestation Papers Canadian Military documents (40 no.)
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023