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Davidson, Peter Duncan (1920-1944)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.

 

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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.

 

Details: Peter Duncan Davidson (1920-1944), born 31 March 1920, son of John Duncan Davidson and Winifred Emily Davidson of Winton Forrest Road, Penarth, Glamorgan, formerly of Hill Crest, Sully, Cardiff.

 

Attended Sherborne Preparatory School.

 

Attended Sherborne School (Westcott House) May 1934-July 1938; 6th form; House Prefect; 2nd XV rugby football team (1937); PT Instructor with Badge; Sergeant in OTC.

 

New College, Oxford.

 

WW2, Captain in the Royal Engineers. Killed in action in Burma on 24 May 1944, aged 24.

 

Commemorated at:

Originally buried at Sahmaw War Cemetery (Christian) and rebuired at Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar, 6. B. 19 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2085109/davidson,-pet...

 

Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Westcott House roll of honour.

 

Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', July 1945: 'Peter Duncan Davidson came to us from the Prep in 1934 as a King's scout and left for New College, Oxford, in 1938, as a House Prefect, a 2nd XV colour, and one of the two school representatives at the Duke of York's Camp in August of that year. He read Natural Science for two years before joining the Royal Artillery. He was sent to India, where he transferred to the Royal Engineers and later was accepted as a volunteer for Wingate's Special Force. Letters used to arrive from him written as much as 200 miles behind the Japanese lines in Burma. He was killed in action in May 1944 and received a magnificent testimonial from Major-General Lentaigne. He had a remarkable zest for life and was always ready for any sort of adventure. Yet he was by no means without the quieter virtues, for he was no mean artist, one of his achievements being a large part of the scenery for the school production of 'Twelfth Night' at commemoration in 1938. His tutor at New College had the highest opinion of his character and regarded him as one of the outstanding members of the College. He maintained the keenest interest in the Boy Scout Movement and intended to join the Colonial Service after the war.'

 

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