2nd Lieutenant Charles Davidson

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Charles Davidson

Charles ‘Chas’ Davidson was born in 1898 in Govan, and was the son of Charles Davidson, a Blacksmith, and Kate Davidson. Charles grew up with his three siblings: Andrew, John and Mary, and attended Dalmuir and Allan Glen’s School.

Charles was set to follow in his older brother Andrew’s footsteps, and enrolled at the University of Glasgow to study Medicine. However the reality of the Great War intervened, and Charles joined the Lovat Scouts in 1915. Initially serving as a member of the home defence, Charles was transferred to the Cameron Highlanders in 1916, where he saw his first active service in France.

In June 1917, Charles was commissioned to the Gordon Highlanders, just before the Third Battle of Ypres. As a member of the 2nd Battalion he took part in the Battle of Polygon Wood, the Battle of Poelcapelle and the Second Battle of Passchendaele. It was during this final offensive that Charles was killed, on the first day of the battle.

2nd Lieutenant Charles Davidson is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium, as well as the University of Glasgow Roll of Honour.


2nd Lieutenant Charles Davidson
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/1008
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/60

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