Sapper James Davidson

Sapper James Scott Davidson. 10th Field Company, Canadian Engineers. He was killed in action in Belgium, aged 26, on the 20th October 1917 during the Battle of Third Ypres. He had been born in Galashiels and was the son of William and Annie Davidson of 15 Livingston Place Galashiels. He had emigrated to the U.S.A. and was working as a plumber in Detroit when he crossed into Canada to enlist in February 1916. He joined his Field Company in France in March 1917. He is buried in White House Cemetery, St. Jean-Les-Ypres, Flanders, Belgium where his Headstone is inscribed “Until The Daybreak”. ( His brother George also fell during the War – see above).The photos try to show the awful condition of the battlefield where the incessant shelling had destroyed the fragile Flanders drainage systems.

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