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Name John William Davison
Nick Name  
Last Known Address Robinson Terrace, Hendon, Sunderland.
Family Circumstances Married to Esther with children.

Unit of Service Royal Field Artillery
Number and Rank 26363. Gunner.
Date & Place of Death  1943. Sunderland
Grave Location
(if known)
Grave 12345 Sunderland Cemetary.
Where Commemorated
(if known)


Details of any Medals, conflict, training or operations which the deceased had participated in during service.

John served in the Royal Field Artillery and served in France.

He earned the Medals below and also the Silver Badge for his injuries. These are his actual Medals.


                                                                         1915 Star                      The British War Medal               The Victory Medal



Above The Silver Badge for discharged wounded or ill Service personnel.



Other general information. online links, images etc.

John was born on the 23rd April 1889 at No 35 Page Street, Hendon, Sunderland. 

In 1911 he was working in a colliery along with his brother Peter both as Labourers overground..

John joined up on the 5th September 1914 until 28th October 1918.  He suffered shell shock which would now be termed as P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).  

The Medical information below tells of his struggle with this complaint which eventually caused his discharge just before  the end of WW1.


Below is a picture of John.




Below is a copy of John's Birth Certificate.




Here is the 1889 Census headed by his father George showing John at 2 years old and his family.


1891 Census summary


George H Davison



Estimated Birth Year:

abt 1864



Spouse's Name:

Jane Davison



Where born:

Sunderland, Durham, England

Civil Parish:

Bishop Wearmouth

Household Members:



George H Davison


Jane Davison


Dorothy J Davison


George H Davison


Thomas W Davison


John W Davison



Below is the 1911 Census. which shows his mother missing.

She was a patient in Hospital and is shown on the second Census below.


1911 census summary.


Name:George Davison

Age in 1911:51

Estimated Birth Year:abt 1860

Relation to Head:Head


Birth Place:Sunderland, Durham,

Street address:15 Robinson Terrace Sunderland

Marital Status:Married

Occupation:Fisherman (coble):



George Davison


John Davison


Peter Davison


Sarah Davison




John's mother's Census. She is the sixth entry from the bottom. John's mother died later in 1911.


John's Marriage Certificate.



Below is John's Service book showing his Medal Entitlement.



An unused Christmas Card from 1917.


Below is the Silver War Badge entitlement entry.



John's Discharge Certificate.





Below is John's Medical, Pensions and Discharge papers explaining his injuries.








Below is an appointment card for John about his pension and appeal.




Below is John's Pension Certificate.



After Discharge John went back into mining at Silksworth despite his Medical Records reflecting that he should not do this type of work.

Below is the letter sent to all miners showing the sale of the Collery from Lord Londonderry.




Below is John's entry of death in the Central register for 1st Quarter of 1943.

19th entry down in the right hand column.


Below is the funeral bill and Sunderland Cemetary Bills for John's funeral.






Below is the bill paid by John's wife for planting on his grave in 1944.










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