Clarence (Clarrie) Gordon Davidson

Clarence (Clarrie) Gordon Davidson

Clarence Gordon Davidson Clarence Davidson was 19 years old when he signed up with the 12th Battalion in December 1914. He had been working as a labourer and rabbit trapper after the sudden death of his father in 1912, helping to support his mother and six younger siblings.

Clarence was a slight young man, weighing only 56 kilos but survived his service at Lone Pine in the Gallipoli campaign.

In early 1916 he was diagnosed with bronchial pneumonia. A medical report in March, recommending his ‘discharge as permanently unfit‘, stating that his illness was ‘aggravated by the…hardships, exposure etc of over 6 months of trenches life‘.

A week later Clarence died. He was buried in Old Cairo Cemetery. His effects, some brushes, wallets, letters, keys and a notebook, were collected by his mother in Ross just before Christmas, 1916.

Clarence’s story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.