Author Topic: Major M R Davidson  (Read 6657 times)

timberman

  • Guest
Major M R Davidson
« on: October 22, 2012, 01:06:41 PM »
Any help with information on this Officer please.


I have some details on Major Murdoch Ross Davidson 2nd Bn/1st Bn

He was in the 2nd Bn at the start of WW1 and was entitled to
1914 star with rose, Vitory and British medals

He was also entitles to the GSM with clasp for Iraq

Next I have him as taking over temp command of the 1st Battalion in Singapore
in 1939,with the departure of Lieut/Colnel Cowes to Egypt and before the arrival
of Major E H Holmes M.C from the 2nd Bn.

I then have him leaving Singapore on the 15th Aug 1939 with his wife on the troopship
Dilwara for England.

DAVIDSON, MURDOCH ROSS

Rank: Major
Service No: 8660
Date of Death: 08/08/1946
Age: 51
Regiment/Service:
    Manchester Regiment
Grave Reference 3A. B. 15.
Cemetery HAMBURG CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of William Bruce Ferguson Davidson and Mary Jane Davidson; husband of Ailsa Mary Davidson, of Middleton-on-Sea, Sussex.

The question I've got and I can't find the answer is

On E bay are some photos of Major Davidson
and the seller states that he was murdered by his second in command

Can anyone confirm that this is true or not.

Thanks
Neil
« Last Edit: October 23, 2012, 03:52:40 PM by timberman »

Offline tonyrod

  • ****
  • Posts: 4,830
Re: Major M R Davidson
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2012, 04:04:30 PM »
hi neill, its correct, ;D
 http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/2698396



Court Martial
Of Former N.Z.
Officer for Murder
HAMBURG, Tuesday.
After the trial of Captain James Stewart, of the King's Rifles, on a charge of murder of his commanding officer, Major Murdoch Ross Davidson, the court martial announced that the sentence will be
promulgated later.
Counsel for the defence stated that Stewart joined the N.Z. defence forces at Christchurch nearly 40 years ago and he had a clean army record.
A German caretaker of a flat stated that he saw Stewart standing in Davidson's room with a revolver
in his hand; he then heard a shot and saw Davidson fall to the floor.
? Counsel submitted that Stewart was insane at the time of the murder and pleaded for a
recommendation of mercy.
« Last Edit: October 22, 2012, 04:13:39 PM by tonyrod »

timberman

  • Guest
Re: Major M R Davidson
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2012, 04:44:30 PM »

 Great find Tony
Thanks
Sad end!
Neil

Offline mack

  • Global Moderator
  • *****
  • Posts: 8,055
Re: Major M R Davidson
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2012, 11:21:46 PM »
nice work tony.

mack ;D

timberman

  • Guest
Re: Major M R Davidson
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2012, 08:10:04 AM »

He joined the 2nd Bn from Royal Military College
as a Second Lieutenants on the 15th August,
1914.
Served nearly 32 years to the day.

Offline Robert Bonner

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,389
Re: Major M R Davidson
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2012, 02:21:03 PM »
Well discovered Neil & Tony. 
A little piece of regimental history which noone knew about.
It would be interesting to know which organisation he was working with in Hamburg.

Possibly the Control Commission Germany (CCG).
Robert

timberman

  • Guest
Re: Major M R Davidson
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2012, 02:53:56 PM »
Hi Robert

In Bell's history of the Manchester's.
Sadly no mention of the incidents (story of the book really)

But it does say that the 1st Bn ended the war in Hamburg
and until the summer were around the area, split up into
company detachments.
So is it possible he was still with the 1st Bn?

Neil
« Last Edit: October 23, 2012, 04:18:34 PM by Wendi »

Offline Wendi

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 3,692
  • Peeking into the past
Re: Major M R Davidson
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2012, 03:18:29 PM »
Well discovered Neil & Tony.  
Hear hear !!

Wendi  :)
« Last Edit: October 23, 2012, 04:19:10 PM by Wendi »
"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it!  No matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and with your own common sense" ~ Buddha

Offline Robert Bonner

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,389
Re: Major M R Davidson
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2012, 04:01:33 PM »
Neil.
No. He was not with the 1st Bn in Hamburg, and had not served with them during the period after D Day.That is why I suggest that he was possibly with the CCG who moved in pretty rapidly at the end of hostilities.
Robert

timberman

  • Guest
Re: Major M R Davidson
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2012, 04:05:16 PM »
Thanks Robert
 It would be good to find out what did happen.
Neil

Offline grimmy

  • ****
  • Posts: 273
Re: Major M R Davidson
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2012, 05:23:26 PM »
Derby Daily Telegraph - Friday 18 October 1946


CAPTAIN SHOT C.O. CHARGE

CAPTAIN FREDERICK JAMES STEWART, a British military government officer, pleaded not guilty at a Court Martial in Hamburg to-day to a charge of murdering Major Murdock Ross Davidson, his C.O.

Capt. Stewart, a middle-aged grey-haired regular officer, was alleged to have entered Major Davidson's bedroom on the night of August 6th and shot him with a pistol. Major Davidson died in hospital two days later.

Mr. Basil Nield, K.C., defence counsel, intimated that the accused was "insane at the time of this unfortunate tragedy."

German servants said in evidence that Capt. Stewart returned to his quarter late on the night of August 6, went to Major Davidson's room and shot him as he stood in his pyjamas.
The flowers left thick at nightfall in the wood
This Eastertide call into mind the men,
Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts, should
Have gathered them and will do never again.

timberman

  • Guest
Re: Major M R Davidson
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2012, 05:37:51 PM »
Thanks for the info grimmy

Timberman

Offline grimmy

  • ****
  • Posts: 273
Re: Major M R Davidson
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2012, 05:57:33 PM »
For some reason his widow, Ailsa Mary Winifred Davidson, changed her surname to Clowes by deed poll in June 1956.

Address: 'Tanglin', Harefield Road, Middleton-on-Sea, Sussex.

She was born Ailsa Mary Winifred Turner 17-05-1905 and had been previously married (Elham, Kent, 1925) to a George E. Took before marrying Murdock Davidson in 1933.

She died in Chichester, Sussex, on July 11th, 1989 (same address as above).
« Last Edit: October 23, 2012, 06:07:53 PM by grimmy »
The flowers left thick at nightfall in the wood
This Eastertide call into mind the men,
Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts, should
Have gathered them and will do never again.

Offline Robert Bonner

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,389
Re: Major M R Davidson
« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2012, 06:54:14 PM »
I believe that she was a rather beautiful woman. The change of name was possibly due to a later association with Colonel Clowes of the Regiment.
Robert

Offline grimmy

  • ****
  • Posts: 273
Re: Major M R Davidson
« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2012, 12:06:23 PM »
Derby Evening Telegraph, Saturday October 19, 1946

"In Bed At The Time" Statement

THE British court-martial trying Captain Frederick James Stewart, of the King's Royal Rifle Corps, on a charge of murdering his commanding officer, Major Murdoch Ross Davidson, heard evidence today that Captain Stewart got out of bed in his pyjamas and began playing the pianola when the police interviewd him an hour after Major Davidson was shot, on August 6.

Captain Stewart pleaded "Not guilty" when the court-martial opened yesterday, and Mr. Basil Nield, defending, said that he would submit that Stewart was insane on the night when Major Davidson was shot.

Sergeant R.J. Field, of the Corps of Military Police, said in evidence to-day that Stewart told him that he went to bed at 9.30 p.m., two hours before he is alleged to have shot Major Davidson. Stewart walked into the next room and began playing the pianola and when asked what he knew of the shooting said something like "What nonsense".

Major R.S. Robson, R.A.M.C., an Army psychiatrist, said that in his opinion Stewart suffered an amnesia - loss of memory - after the alleged murder had taken place.



Call me a cynic, but I think there's more to this case than meets the eye  ;)
« Last Edit: October 24, 2012, 12:43:22 PM by grimmy »
The flowers left thick at nightfall in the wood
This Eastertide call into mind the men,
Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts, should
Have gathered them and will do never again.