Saturday, December 3, 2016

Arthur Richard Davey

Serial Number and Rank:  4401, Private
Birth:  Milton 1893/22649
Parents:  Samuel Davey and Ann Addicoat (Annie)
Enlisted:  Milton or  Sydney 17 June 1916
Next of Kin:  M. Matilda Davey (his step mother) Milton
Milton War MemorialService:  17th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
Death:  KIA 9 October 1917
Burial:  Belguim 308 Buttes New British Cem Polygon Wood Zonnebeke
Honour Rolls:  Kendall Cottage Memorial – To Our Fallen Comrades
RSL Honour Roll (A.R.T)
Milton Town Memorial
Milton Methodist
Milton Methodist Flag
Milton Public School
Brothers – Alfred Davey, Harold Davey, William Davey also served in WW1

Arthur Davey was born 1896 at Milton, he enlisted in October 1915, his enlistment papers note that his both his parents were deceased and his next of kin was his step mother Matilda Davey of Charles St Milton and that Arthur was a printer living at North Sydney, age 22 years.

He was assigned to the Special Tramway Unit and later transferred to the 17th Battalion 11th Reinforcement, leaving for overseas duty in March 1916. Arthur did come home to Milton on final leave and was presented with a pocket Bible from the Milton Methodist Church.

Private Fred Chin of Milton wrote home from Exeter in England , telling of his travel from Egypt to England in June 1916, he mentioned that William Newton and Arthur and Alf Davey were in camp with him.

Fred Chin wrote under the date of September 14, 1916: Am still in England as you can see. We have weekly rumours as to when we are to be sent across. Things are pretty tough yet over in France, and a good many thousand lives shall have to be sacrificed yet. I hope to get through alright, but shall have to take my chance. Alf Davey went to France last week , Arthur was in hospital, so didn’t go. I visited him on Sunday. He is out again, but not too well. Pleurisy, I think. I suppose he will be leaving shortly.

Arthur went over to France and Belgium to fight, in October 1917 he had been reported missing. But alas he had been killed in action on October 9, 1917, age 24 years in Ypres Belgium. He was buried at the Buttes New British Cemetery Polygon Wood Zonnebeke in Belgium.  There are now 2,108 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in Buttes New British Cemetery. 1,677 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials are erected to 35 casualties known or believed to be buried among them.

In October 1918 the Sydney Morning Herald notices included: “ROLL OF HONOUR: Private Arthur Davey killed in action, October 9 1917 (p r m ) A tribute from his esteemed friends Mr and Mrs A. McDonald, and sincere friend of Flo. McDonald, Norton Street, Leichhardt.

Arthur name is listed on many local honour rolls: Kendall Cottage Memorial – To Our Fallen Comrades. Milton Ulladulla RSL Honour Roll, Milton Town Memorial, Milton Methodist Church, Milton Methodist Flag and Milton Public School. His British war and Victory medal were sent to his brother Harold Davey.

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