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John Burnet DavisAge: 90 years18841974

Name
John Burnet Davis
Given names
John Burnet
Surname
Davis
Birth 10 February 1884 33 30

Birth of a sisterIrene Frederica Grace Davis
1 October 1886 (Age 2 years)

Birth of a brotherFrederick Llewelyn Davis
2 September 1887 (Age 3 years)

Death of a sisterIrene Frederica Grace Davis
31 May 1888 (Age 4 years)

Birth of a sisterHazel Doris Davis
11 December 1891 (Age 7 years)

Death of a sisterHazel Doris Davis
22 February 1892 (Age 8 years)

Birth of a brotherArthur Geoffrey Davis
6 August 1894 (Age 10 years)

Death of a paternal grandmotherEliza Hannah Kirby
3 March 1897 (Age 13 years)
Address: 120 Armagh Street
Cause: bronchitis and heart failure
Death of a paternal grandfatherPhilip Davis
5 March 1898 (Age 14 years)
Address: Gilbert Street
Cause: influenza and heart failure
Education before 1900 (Age 15 years)
School or college: Wellington College
Military
North Island Regiment - C Squadron
Type: Private - 9835 - Boer War
April 1902 (Age 18 years)
Note: From the " Review", the Official Journal of the R.S.A. November 13, 1974.
Note: When the war ended he had attained a non-commissioned rank
Military
23rd Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles
Type: Lieutenant - 11/35 - World War 1
between August 1914 and 1916 (Age 30 years)
Note: Cenotaph Record
Note: Soon after August 4, 1914 he became a volunteer to serve in the war against Germany and her ally Tur…
Davis Soldiers
Davis Soldiers

Note: Arthur Geoffrey Davis - Henry Frederick Davis - Frederick Llewelyn Davis - John Burnet Davis

Military
23rd Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles
Type: Captain - 11/35 - World War 1
between 19 April 1917 and 1918 (Age 33 years)

Note: Cenotaph Record
Note: He served with the New Zealand Mounted Rifles in the force that was to fight and defeat Turkey in Palestine, an army commanded by Field Marshall Sir Edmund Allenby.
Military
Alexandra Mounted Rifles Regiment
Type: Lieutenant-Colonel
between 1920 and 1939 (Age 35 years)
Note: Davis continued his close association with the military forces, both during and after the years when…
Davis Soldiers
Davis Soldiers

Note: Arthur Geoffrey Davis - Henry Frederick Davis - Frederick Llewelyn Davis - John Burnet Davis

Death of a fatherHenry Frederick Davis
7 July 1920 (Age 36 years)
Address: 49 Brougham Street, Wellington
Cause: Cerebral Apoplexy
Death of a motherJane Murray Burnet
16 March 1927 (Age 43 years)
Occupation
Clerk
between 1920 and 1939 (Age 35 years)

Employer: Levin and Company
Note: Not long after his demobilisation back in New Zealand in 1919, Davis was employed by Levin and Compa…
Military
World War 2
Type: Lieutenant-Colonel - 38635 - World War 2
between 1939 and 1945 (Age 54 years)

Note: In 1939, when war broke out against Germany and Italy, Lt-Colonel Davis was called from the Reserve of Officers to command troop-ships conveying New Zealand war units to the Middle East and at a later stage to the Pacific theatre of war,reinforcing the New Zealand Third Division.
Death of a brotherThomas Philip Davis
19 January 1963 (Age 78 years)
Address: Greenlane Hospital
Death of a brotherFrederick Llewelyn Davis
1967 (Age 82 years)

Death 21 October 1974 (Age 90 years)

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father
mother
Marriage: 6 January 1876Christchurch, New Zealand
16 months
elder brother
3 years
elder sister
22 months
elder brother
2 years
himself
3 years
younger sister
11 months
younger brother
4 years
younger sister
3 years
younger brother
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wife
son
daughter
Private

Military

From the " Review", the Official Journal of the R.S.A. November 13, 1974. "Stowed Away to Go to War" - by Dave Strachan

Two cables were Morse-coded across the Tasman in the far-off days when New Zealand was at war with South Africa.

(Cable) "Your son John, stowaway on this troopship. What are we to do with him?" (Reply) "Keep him!"

An old boy on Wellington College, at 16 or 17 years of age he stowed away with a cobber on the troopship Drayton Grange, that left Wellington Harbour 14 April 1902 en route to either Capetown or Durban. On board were squadrons of the mounted rifles force New Zealand which had undertaken to despatch to South Africa to honour her loyalty to Britain in the war against the Boers.

"It was "Cocky" Davis', father who had cabled back from Wellington the terse reply to keep the lad. They did, and he became a bugler attached to one or other of the New Zealand squadrons.

Military

When the war ended he had attained a non-commissioned rank

Military

Cenotaph Record

Full Name: John Burnet Davis Forename(s): John Burnet Surname: Davis War: World War I, 1914-1918 Serial No: 11/35 First Known Rank: Lieutenant Occupation before Enlistment: Clerk Next of Kin: Major H.F. Davis (father), care of Davis and Clayter, 216 Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand Marital Status: Single Military District: Wellington Body on Embarkation: Main Body Embarkation Unit: Wellington Mounted Rifles Embarkation Date: 16 October 1914 Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand Transport: HMNZT 10 Vessel: Arawa Destination: Suez, Egypt Date of Arrival: 3 December 1914

Military

Soon after August 4, 1914 he became a volunteer to serve in the war against Germany and her ally Turkey, and was mobilised in a camp on the Awapuni Racecourse, Palmerson North.

It is revealed in the history of the Queen Alexandra's Own Mounted Rifles Regiment, "Kiwi Trooper" that he attained the rank of captain and was Major-General Andrew (later Sir Andrew) Russell's orderly officer. He served in that capacity on the Gallipoli Peninsula, when the name ANZAC was forged.

The Mounted Rifles Brigade landed on the Gallipoli peninsula on 12 May 1915, without their horses, to act as infantry.

They seized the foothills below Chunuk Bair on the night of 6 August and opened the way for an infantry advance. They later made unsuccessful attacks on Hill 60 at the end of August.

Captain Davis was one of the last to leave Gallipoli during the evacuation in December, 1915.

Military

Cenotaph Record

Full Name: John Burnet Davis Forename(s): John Burnet Surname: Davis War: World War I, 1914-1918 Serial No: 11/35 First Known Rank: Lieutenant Occupation before Enlistment: Clerk Next of Kin: Major H.F. Davis (father), care of Davis and Clayter, 216 Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand Marital Status: Single Military District: Wellington Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Expeditionary Force Embarkation Unit: 23rd Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles Embarkation Date: 19 April 1917 Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand Transport: Moeraki 19 April 1917 Vessel: Moeraki Destination: Suez, Egypt Date of Arrival: 19 June 1917

Military

He served with the New Zealand Mounted Rifles in the force that was to fight and defeat Turkey in Palestine, an army commanded by Field Marshall Sir Edmund Allenby.

Military

Davis continued his close association with the military forces, both during and after the years when there was compulsory service. He rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel and held that rank in a number of annual camps promoted by the Alexandra Mounted Rifles regiment, notably on the Waverley racecourse and at Foxton.

Occupation

Not long after his demobilisation back in New Zealand in 1919, Davis was employed by Levin and Company, stock and station agents with headquarters in Wellington and a number of other towns in the Wellington province. After being transferred frombranch to branch for some time, he and his wife settled in Wanganui. They bought a farm property at Westmere close to the city. When retirement years came round they sold that and settled in Wanganui.

Military

In 1939, when war broke out against Germany and Italy, Lt-Colonel Davis was called from the Reserve of Officers to command troop-ships conveying New Zealand war units to the Middle East and at a later stage to the Pacific theatre of war,reinforcing the New Zealand Third Division.