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Davidson, Douglas Malcolm

Date of death:
March 16th, 1943
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Cemetery Bone
Plot: III. Row: B. Grave: 7.
Service number:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
No. 1 Commando, 168th Regimental Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division "Red Bull", U.S. Army
Awarded on:
April 22nd, 1943
Awarded for:
Operation Torch
"Throughout the operations from the period 26th February to 4th March 1943 the above Officer at all times showed the highest powers of leadership and devotion to duty.
On 27th February he led his Troop in to the attack on the steep side of a hill North of SEDJENANE. As a result of Capt. Davidson's efforts to attack was successful and the hill was occupied. Later, however, Capt. Davidson had to withdraw his Troop from the hill as it was being heavily shelled by our own guns.
Having communicated back to Headquarters, Capt. Davidson succeeded in getting the gun fire lifted. He once more moved his Troop up to re-occupy the hill. The enemy, however, had re-occupied the crest before him. Capt. Davidson then put his Troop in to the attack and moved up by bounds and succeeded in recapturing the hill by an assault which he led personally.
During one of the bounds, one of his men was wounded and the Troop was pinned down for a whole. An N.C.O. of his Troop went forward to bring in the wounded man but was killed in the attempt. Another soldier then attempted to do the same but was wounded. Capt. Davidson himself then went forward and succeeded in getting the wounded man back.
Throughout the period of the operations Capt. Davidson was the only Officer in his Troop."

Posthumously awarded
Military Cross (MC)