Their bodies are buried in peace; but their names liveth for evermore.
Their Duty Done
A tribute to the men and women of the East Gippsland Region who Died as a result of their participation in World War One : 1914 - 1919
1039 Private Allen McKinnon Davidson – Bairnsdale Died of wounds 15 August 1915
….. never saw his daughter Kate
Born in Bairnsdale in 1889, Allen Davidson was the son of Arthur and Catherine and grew up and went to school in the town before becoming a driver. He married Elsie Johnstone and when he enlisted on 12 September 1914 they were living at Abbotsford with three young boys under five years old. Allen sailed for the Egypt with the 8 th  Battalion the following month and survived the landing at Gallipoli. On 8 May he was shot in the left arm at Cape Helles and evacuated to Malta to recover, rejoining his unit on 17 July. On 14 August he was hit by a bomb receiving grievous head wounds and was taken to No. 1 Clearing Station. He died the next day and was buried at Beach Cemetery. Davidson was 25 years old and left behind his wife Elsie and four young children. He never saw his daughter Kate who was born after he sailed for the front. His three sons, Roy, Alan, and Arthur all served in WW2 and all survived.