Sunday, December 4, 2016

Harold Davey

Serial Number and Rank:  Two period of service. 947 & 3113, Private
Birth:  1888 Milton. 1888/35675
Parents:  Samuel Davey and Ann Addicoat (Annie)
Enlisted.  1. 11 August 1914 Sydney Occ: Blacksmith
2. 22 Jan 1917 Sydney Occ: Tram Driver
Next of Kin:  Wife: Florence Elizabeth Davey
Service: Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (Tropical Unit), D Company and 3rd Lighthorse Field Amb
Death:  1953
Marriage:  Florence Elizabeth Lutherborrow 1913 Chatswood Sydney
Honour Rolls:  Milton Methodist
Milton Methodist Flag
Brothers – Alfred Ernest Davey, Arthur Davey and William Davey also served in WW1

In September 1914 the Times Newspaper reported that “several Milton lads, resident in Sydney, already had enlisted to the front”. Harold Davey and his brother William Ellis Davey were some of these men. Both brothers lived at Willoughby in Sydney.

Harold Davey was the eldest of the four Davey brothers who eventually went to war, who were sons of Samuel Davey and his wife Ann nee Addicoat. Annie died in 1908 at Milton, Samuel and Annie had 16 children. The Davey family had moved from Tamworth and Stroud to Milton in 1887.

Samuel remarried Matilda Paulina (Tilly) Pfeiffer of Moyura in 1910, and they had two children before Samuel passed away in June 1915, age 52 years, at Milton, whilst two of his son were away fighting in the war. Tilly died in 1928 Milton.

Harold was born 1888 at Milton and had two periods of service in WW1. He first enlisted in August 1914, age 26 years not less than three weeks after the start of WW1. In 1914 he was a tramway conductor after finishing an apprenticeship as a Blacksmith, he listed his wife Florence as next of Kin.

He was assigned to the Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, Tropical Unit, D Company. After six months service in Papua New Guinea, Harold was discharged in March 1915 as time expired; he awarded the 1914/15 Star.

Two years later Harold enlisted again in January 1917, age 28 years, he was now a tram driver.  The Milton Ulladulla Times reported his second enlistment as “Harold Davey has enlisted. This is the fourth son of the late Mr. S. Davey to don khaki”.

Harold was assigned to the 3rd Lighthorse Field Ambulance and discharged two months late. Harold name appears of the Milton Methodist Church and the Milton Methodist Flag.

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