Ref ID: 7627
Newspaper Photograph of Rifleman Thomas Davison.
Name: Thomas Davison.
Service Number: 16812.
Battalion: 1st Battalion.
Regiment: Royal Irish Rifles.
Born: 2nd October 1885, Belfast.
Died: 12th March 1915.
Address: 13 Ohio Street, Belfast
Thomas Davison, son of Hugh and Catherine Davison, lived with his wife Jane and children at 13 Ohio Street, Shankill, Belfast
The 1901 Ireland Census has Thomas living at 90 North Queens Street, Belfast with his mother, father, occupation, Telegraph Lineman, three sisters, Elizabeth, 8 years, Mary, 6 years, Margaret, 4 years, and two brothers, Hugh, 13 years, Message Boy, John D, 2 years. Thomas occupation at this time is given as Message Boy
The 1911 Ireland Census has Thomas family now living at 198 Spamount Street, Belfast
Thomas had married Jane Davison, Nee Thomson, on the 23rd November 1906 within Cliftonville Presbyterian Church, Belfast. They went on to have two children, their names and dates of births are the following, Georgina May Davison born 22nd June 1912, Elizabeth born 31st August 1914
Thomas joined the Royal Irish Rifles.
He was posted as part of the British Expeditionary Force to France on the 10th February 1915.
Thomas was a Rifleman in 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles when he was Killed In Action at Neuve Chapelle on the 12th of March 1915 aged 29 years
Local newspapers state.
A belated notification just received is that Rifleman Thomas Davison, 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action at Neuve Chapelle on March 12th. When war broke out Davison, who was formerly employed at the Belfast Post Office, was living in Dublin, where he enlisted last October. His wife resides at 75 Ruth Street, Belfast
Thomas Soldiers Effects were left to his widow.
Dependant Pension Application Forms show his widow Jane as claimant for herself and two children.
Thomas received the British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1915 Star
He is Remembered at Le Touret Memorial, France.
To Remember Is To Honour
Shankill Roll of Honour
Newspaper, , Photograph - Belfast Telegraph