Abl/Smn Sidney Walter Davey, WW1

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  1. jehpontin

    jehpontin Joel

    Hello there,

    I'm currently trying to research my Great-great uncle and I'm pretty much at a loss with where to go with it. Casualty I know that he died of acute bronchitis but that's pretty much it. Considering his age and rank, I can't imagine he did very much but if there is any more to find out about him, I'd be very interested. I know I can apply for his military records but I don't know if they are still intact.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated,
  2. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Your great great uncle is a casualty of WW1 so you may get a better response by posting your question on Great War Forum
    I can tell you that the Royal Naval Division was formed from sailors who were excess to sea going requirements and fought as infantry. One of the eight Battalions was Hood. See if you can get hold of the book The Hood Battalion by Leonard Sellers HOOD BATTALION Royal Naval Division, Antwerp-Gallipoli-France 1914-1918 - Naval & Military Press
    Your gg Uncle's Service Record can be found here: Name Davey, Sidney Walter Service Number(s): Z/501 ... Rank or Rating: ... | The National Archives If you go to 'Preview' you will be able to see most of the detail or you can download a copy for £3.50.

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  3. jehpontin

    jehpontin Joel

    Thank you very much, yeah probably a better idea to post there but with the amount of help I got last time I thought I’d give it another go.

    Thank you again,

  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Great Britain, Royal Naval Division Casualties of The Great War, 1914-1924
    Name: Sidney Walter Davey
    Service Branch: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
    Unit: 8th Entrenching Bn. (Draft for Hood Bn.)
    Rank: Able Seaman
    Death Date: 20 Jan 1917
    Cause of Death: Died at 11.35pm in 2nd Australian General Hospital Boulogne from Acute Bronchitis.
    Burial: Wimereux Communal Cemetery (FR 64)
    Service History: Attested 11/12/15 ; Entered 15/6/16 ; Draft for BEF 21/11/16, Detached to 8th Entrenching Bn. 30/12/16-17/1/17 to 1st Canadian Casualty Clearing Station.
    Service Number: Sussex Z/501
    Notes: A Coppersmith ; b.8/6/1893 ; Next-of-Kin & home address: Father, W.G. Davey, 57 Barnsbury St., Islington, London N., later of: 302 St. Pauls Rd., London N1.

    UK, Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919
    Name: Sidney Walter Davey
    Rank: AB
    Birth Date: 8 Jun 1893
    Branch of Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
    Cause of Death: Died from disease
    Official Number Port Division: Sussex. Z/501.
    Death Date: 20 Jan 1917
    Ship or Unit: Hood Battalion Royal Naval Division
    Location of Grave: 2. C. B.
    Name and Address of Cemetery: Wimereux Commnal Cemetery, Boulogne, France
    Relatives Notified and Address: Father: W G 302, St Pauls Rd, N1

    Sydney Walter Davey
    Birth: abt 1894 - London, London, England
    Death: 20 Jan 1917
    F: Walter Glanvill Davey
    M: Alice

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  5. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    Sydney Walter Davey joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve [RNVR] on 11 December 1915 his number was Sussex Z501. The Royal Navy already had a full complement of seamen at this time and many of the reservists ended up in the Royal Naval Division where they saw active service on land fighting as infantry. They served with distinction at Gallipolli and The Somme suffering heavy casualties along the way. He arrived at Blandford in June 1916 joining the 4th Reserve Battalion. Late 1916 he is assigned to Hood Battalion B.E.F. On the 20 January 1917 he is reported as having Acute Bronchitis and dangerously ill. He died at 11:35 p.m. on that day at the 2nd Australian GH.

    If you send me your email address by pm I will send you his service record.

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  6. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

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    harkness Well-Known Member



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