Canadian Virtual War Memorial

George Houghton Davis

In memory of:

Corporal George Houghton Davis

April 30, 1916

St. Eloi, France

Military Service


Service Number:

93506

Age:

30

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Engineers

Division:

2nd Div. Signal Coy.

Additional Information


Born:

October 2, 1885
Toronto, Ontario

Enlistment:

January 21, 1915
Ottawa, Ontario

Son of Alfred and Isabella Davis, of Gananoque, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 75 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

J. 27.

Location:

DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY is located 5 Km south west of Ieper town centre, in the village of Dikkebus itself. ( * Dikkebus is the modern spelling of Dickebusch). From Ieper town centre the Dikkebusseweg (N375), is reached via Elverdingsestraat, straight over a roundabout onto J. Capronstraat (for 30 metres), then left along M. Fochlaan. Immediately after the train station, the first right hand turning is the Dikkebusseweg. On reaching the village of Dikkebus, the DICKEBUSH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY is located on the Kerkstraat, which is a small street turning left off the Dikkebusseweg. 200 metres along this street, and just beyond the village church lies the cemetery. This cemetery lies opposite Dickebusch New Military Extension.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Circumstances of death registers – Source: Library and Archives Canada. CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS, FIRST WORLD WAR Surnames: Dack to Dabate. Microform Sequence 26; Volume Number 31829_B016735. Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 170. Page 985 of 1140.
  • Grave Marker
  • Dickebushe Cemetery's Entrance
  • Honor Roll – From the "McGill Honour Roll, 1914-1918".  McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 1926.
  • Gananoque Remembers – Gananoque, Ontario is a small town situated on the St. Lawrence River in the heart of 1,000 Islands.  It is one of hundreds of communities throughout Canada with war memorials which commemorate more than 110,000 men and women who lost their lives during both world wars. Over a  thousand citizens from Gananoque and surounding areas served in the navy, army, or air force: 83 lost their lives in parts of Canada, and in the battlefields of Europe.  Among the dead of Gananoque include a 15 year old solider, a father of ten, four sets of brothers and a Victoria Cross winner. 

Today the town cenotaph lists the names of those who died and  few citizens are aware of their family backgrounds or their circumstances of their deaths. Geraldine Chase of Gannaoque and Bill Beswetherick of Kingston believed it was necessary to collect this information and perpetuate their sacrifices. 					

Gananoque Remembers book is a tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom.
  • Memorial Page – George H. Davis is honoured on page 32 of the Gananoque Remembers booklet, published on January 31, 2005.
  • Gananoque War Memorial - Gananoque, Ontario.
  • War Diary – More information was found re Cpl.Davis' death in the 2nd Canadian Divisional Signal Company April 1916 war diary.  Part of the entry for 30th April 16 records:
 
"Artillery signal office at Walled Garden struck by a shell and wiped out at 8.30 a.m. Out of 4 signallers, 3 were killed and one wounded."
 
Under casualties is listed "No.93 Cpl Davis G.H."
 
(On Davis' attestation paper, his number is written as 93,506.)
  • Document – Circumstances surrounding Cpl. Davis' death from the war diary:

"L/Cpl Frogley, Cpl Davis, Spr Brewer and Spr craven were all in the Artillery signal office at Walled Garden when a heavy HE shell came through and exploded inside. The three killed men were buried at 9.30p.m. in the Dickebusch military graveyard with the usual rites (location of graveyard H33.b.10.2)."
  • World War I Memorial – Christ (Anglican) Church, Gananoque, ON
courtesy Chris Andrew

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