Harold J Davison in WW1


Hunts Post June 11th 1923

Death of Commander Davison

Career of Needingworth Naval Officer

(From the “Hartford Courant” November 29th 1922)

Following a breakdown induced by strenuous work in the British Navy during the World War, Commander Harold J Davison, royal decoration, Royal Naval Reserve, of the Gate House, Lymington, Hampshire, England, died at the home of his father-in-law, Rev. Dr. Francis Goodwin.

Commander Davison was born on June 19th 1875 at Needingworth, Huntingdonshire, England, the son of Captain James and Elizabeth Harvey Davison of Fenstanton and the nephew of Colonel W H Davison of Liverpool. He was educated at Huntingdon and King’s School, Ely.

He worked for the White Star Line until 1902 when he entered the Royal Navy as a sub-lieutenant. He served on the Albion and the Prince George and in 1912 on the Formidable under Captain Nelson Ward, great grandson of Lord Nelson of Trafalgar.

At the outbreak of the war he was commissioned Lieutenant Commander and in 1914 was placed in charge of training at Devonport. In 1915 he spent 11 months on the Argonaut and in November he was appointed to the command of destroyer no 21 in the Channel patrol and engaged on convoy work. He later served as navigating officer on the Naiad in the North Sea minefield and then was transferred to the command of the Empress, a seaplane ship. He also saw service in the Levant and commanded the Perdita, a mine layer. From 1917 to 1919 he was at the Liverpool depot, in charge of arming merchant ships, retiring in 1920 and serving with the White Star Line on the Olympic and Majestic. He was promoted to Commander during the War.

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