condensed discuss document expanded export feedback print share remove reset document_white enquire_white export_white report_white

Francis Davison

Portrait of Francis Davison 7/639. Image kindly provided by Paul Kenny (May 2017). Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Francis Davison 7/639. Image kindly provided by Paul Kenny (May 2017). Image may be subj …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Francis AWMM
  • Surname
    Davison AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Frank AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 7/639 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

Contribute ›
  • Birth
    1889 AWMM
  • Date of birth
    27 January 1889 Public - Blair Michael - Other relative - 7 May 2018 - NZ DBM - 1889/1844
  • Place of birth
    St Leonards, Amuri, New Zealand Public - Blair Michael - Other relative - 7 May 2018 - Family Papers
  • Birth notes
    NZ DBM - 1889/1844 Public - Blair Michael - Other relative - 7 May 2018 - Family Papers
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Saint Leonards, Amuri, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW1 Mrs Alice Wilmot Davison (wife), Lowry Park, Culverden, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs Alice Wilmot Davison (wife), Lowry Peaks, Culverden, North Canterbury, New Zealand Public - Antonia Francis Alice - Direct descendant - 26 April 2017 - Family oral history
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Married AWMM
    • Married Public - Antonia Francis Alice - Direct descendant - 26 April 2017 - Family oral history
    • 29 January 1913 Public - Blair Michael - Other relative - 7 May 2018 - WEDDINGS, New Zealand Times, Volume XXXVII, Issue 8341, 30 January 1913


Wars and conflicts

Contribute ›
  • War
  • Campaign
    1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 7/639 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

Contribute ›

Training and Enlistment

Contribute ›
  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM CanterburyNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


Contribute ›

Prisoner of war

Contribute ›
  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

Contribute ›
  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

Contribute ›

Biographical information

Biographical information

Contribute ›
  • Francis Davison was the son of John Hawdon Davison and Margaret Davison, and husband of Alice Wilmot Davison, of Culverden, Canterbury, New Zealand.
    His brothers Edward Bently Davison 7/641 and James Wynyard Davison 6/865 also served in the First World War. AWMM


About death

Contribute ›
  • Death
    7 August 1915 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    GallipoliTurkey AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Embarkation Pier Cemetery, Turkey AWMM I. A. 3. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



Contribute ›
  • Memorial name

Roll of Honour

Remember Francis Davison by laying a poppy.

Leave a note

Leave a tribute or memory of Francis Davison

Leave a note

Contribute ›
  • My grandfather kept a diary on Gallipoli. My father had a few copies printed up. I have had some more copies done and have distributed them to direct descendants of Francis. I have a few left if anyone is interested. My son Simon now has the original.
    I believe I was the first descendant to visit Gallipoli and his grave when in my early twenties on my trip overseas in the 1960's. It was hard to imagine the hell it must have been on the beautiful day it was when there.
    Frank Davison, Rangiora, New Zealand.
    Public - Francis Hay (Frank) - Direct descendant - 8 November 2017
  • To my Great Grandfather Frank. I am reminded daily of your courage, bravery and strength, as well as that of your late wife Alice through her widowhood, by the engagement ring that you proposed to her with. I am lucky to have had it passed down to me through your son Hawdon, born while you were at war, and my father Michael. I wear it with great pride and respect for you and Alice. Your spirit lives on through the generations of Davison family in New Zealand and beyond. Lest we forget.
    Public - Antonia Francis Alice - Direct descendant - 26 April 2017
  • 100 years have passed since your death. Your family still remembers and honours your sacrifice. I grew up hearing how 'Cousin Frank' was killed at Gallipoli from family members. I cherish these stories and keep them alive by retelling them to the next generation. My grandfather was Lt Davison's first cousin and Frank was the pick of his generation and much admired.
    Public - Blair - Other Relative - 7 August 2015



Contribute ›


Command item
Command item
Add new record Refresh
DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
07 May 2018Blair MichaelFeilding, New ZealandOther relative
08 November 2017Francis Hay (Frank)43 Oakwood Drive, Rangiora, 7400, New ZealandDirect descendant
08 May 2017PaulAuckland, New ZealandOther
26 April 2017Antonia Francis Alice Port MelbourneDirect descendant
04 July 2016AllanRotoruaResearcher

The development of the Online Cenotaph is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.

Creative Commons LicenseOnline Cenotaph Data by Auckland War Memorial Museum is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.