George Garnel DAVISON
Rank: Lance Bombardier
Number: 115100
Unit: A Battery, 295th Brigade ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 17 June 1918
Age: 34
Cemetery: Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France

The records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission show George to have been the son of Hans V Davison and military records published after the War indicate he had been born in Manchester but this is all that is known of his early life.

In the late spring of 1908 he got married at Barton upon Irwell Register Office. His fiancée was Mary Ellen Burton. Her post-War address was Birch Vale Cottage, Romiley and perhaps this is where she lived with George. It is also possible that she moved here later as George is known to have enlisted into the Army at Burnley and may have been living there at the time.

295th Brigade was a Territorial unit which was formed in 1915. It didn’t go overseas on active service until February 1917, seeing major action during the Third Battle of Ypres in the late summer. On the day he was killed, George and his comrades were at Essarts. The Brigade’s War Diary records that “A” Battery was heavily shelled by the Germans and several men were buried whilst they were in their dug-out. Presumably it was impossible to dig them out and this accounts for George having no known grave.

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