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Ellen Francis Davidson

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ellen Francis AWMM
  • Surname
    Davidson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Lella Davidson AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII D/1027 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 December 1911 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Robert Ernest (father), Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII D/1027 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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  • Enlistment
    WW2 Nurse AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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    Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
    Influenza AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Lella was born in Dunedin on the 20th December 1911. She was the eldest child of Robert Ernest and Ruth Davidson. She was educated at St. Hilda's, and when she first left school she stayed at home helping her mother. She was devoted to her family. During the week-ends Lella went tramping on the hills around Dunedin, either with the Otago Tramping Club, of which she was a keen member, or with her close friends Greta Stevenson and Alister Duthie. She learned mountaineering and alpine climbing with guide Kurt Suter.

    In 1934 she entered Otago Hospital to train as a nurse, and four years later completed the course. Her sound common sense and her kindness and sympathetic nature made her very successful in her profession. After a period of work as a Sister, she left New Zealand in February, 1939, in the company of another nurse. It was their aim to see as much of the world as they could. [They] reached England just before war broke out. When Britain declared war, Lella immediately joined up. She was always an idealist with a firm determination to make the best possible use of her abilities. (from the New Zealand Alpine Journal, Vol.VIII, No.27, June 1940).

    She died after a short three days' illness and is buried in Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, Seine-Maritime, France. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    25 December 1939 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, Seine-Maritime, France AWMM IX.C.2. AWMM
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  • My dad was Lella,s brother. Lella was my aunt. Lella,s little flat at her home in .dunedin was not changed at all and when we were kids we were allowed in to see her photos of mountain climbing and other precious things. My grandfather could not speak about her after her death on that Christmas Day - he never got over her death. My son has been to Lella,s grave in Le Tréport and I have a photo of that. I did not know Aunty Lella personally but my dad constantly had anecdotes about her to pass on to us. what a lovely lady she must have been.
    Public - Janet - Other Relative - 15 August 2015



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  • External links
    Alexander Turnbull Library: PAColl-8102-6-09. Photograph of Lella Davidson (left) and Greta Stevenson (right)
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Alpine journal AWMM
      New Zealand Alpine Journal, Vol.VIII, No.27, June 1940 (includes photograph) AWMM
    • Service Women Project: Sponsorship to research this record was kindly provided by the Auckland Returned Services Association, Returned Servicewomen's Branch; Marjorie Traill, Dorothy Grant, Daphne Shaw and Margaret Woollett. AWMM
    • McNabb, S. (2015). 100 years New Zealand military nursing : New Zealand Army nursing service : Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps, 1915-2015. Hawke's Bay, N.Z.: Sherayl McNabb. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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14 March 2019ConradNJ, USAResearcher
15 August 2015JanetCanberra ACT australia1189Other Relative

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