|George, Nellie and their son Duncan, 1916|
Bombardier Davison and 2 others were instantly killed and another man unconscious, died a few minutes afterwards”.*
I think Mrs Davison would have taken some comfort from the letter, sent by Captain Livington, describing the loss of her husband on June 17th 1918, for as stark and awful as the news was, at least it offered some detail which was missing from the official communication from the War Department.
The letters are part of a huge collection he sent back to his wife from 1915 through to 1918. Those for the final months of 1914 and all of 1917 are missing but the remainder are a powerful insight into his time in the army.
|Extract from Captain Livington's letter, 1918|
At the time I was so engrossed in the story of George Davison that I gave little thought to the other men, but David Harrop who is the custodian of the letters, decided to search for their identities.
And yesterday he told me that one was, “William Charles Apps 20, a gunner, 109656 from Hambledon in Hampshire”.
I think I should see what I can find out him, while I await David's research on the other two.but that is for later.
Location; The Western Front
Pictures; George Davison, 1916 and an extract from Captain Livington’s letter to Mrs Davison, 1918, from the George Davision Collection, courtesy of David Harrop
*Letter to Mrs Davison July 6, 1918