Sub.Lt Dudley Percy Davidson RNAS

1898 Sep 30. Born Weymouth, Dorset. Son of Alexander Davidson, a Naval Officer who later became a Vice Admiral.

1901 census at 69, St Ronan's Road, Portsmouth

1911 census He is a boarder at a school at Glengorse, Chesterfield Road, Eastbourne

1914 Oct 25. Appointed Probationary Midshipman. He is only 15 or 16

1916 Jul 26 Still a Midshipman , now with seniority from this date. I assume this is to do with his age

1918 Jan 15. Appointed Sub-Lt (says now Lt in RAF)

1920 Jan 23. Fined 10/- for riding a bicycle without lights in Cambridge, where he is a university undergraduate.

1920 Dec 6. Joined ADRIC with service no 1163. Posted J Coy

1921 Apr 7. Posted to Q Coy

Fined 10/- by Coy Commander

1922 Jan 16 Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1923. After his arrival in Australia in 1923, Dudley Percy Davidson divided his time as a pilot between New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

1929 Married in St Andrew's Anglican Cathedral, Sydney, Australia to Florence E McMillan

1930 Dec 30 Died in Australia. He was the pilot in an aircraft crash.

The "Star of Cairns" was a Avro Type 619 Five : Five-seat civil transport aircraft. Scaled down version of Avro Ten. Three 105 hp (78 kW) Armstrong Siddeley Genet Major 1 engines. Four aircraft built.

1931 Oct 2 Probate to his widow

The Brisbane Courier Obit

Pilot B. [sic] P. Davidson, who met with almost instant death when the aeroplane crashed, was about 35 years of age, and a son of Vice-Admiral Alexander Percy Davidson, D.S.O., who was in command of H.M.S. Cornwallis throughout the Gallipoli campaign, and retired in 1921, two years before his son came to Australia. The late pilot was a member of the Royal Naval Air Service during the war, most of his fighting being done in the Blimps that patrolled the English Channel. He was mentioned in despatches for his work during one raid on German submarines. He had evidently had but little experience with aeroplanes then, for when he came to Australia in 1923 he underwent a full course of flying at the Point Cook aerodrome, Victoria. He joined the R.A.A.F. in that State shortly afterwards, and was a flying member of the force until he came to Brisbane last March to join the ranks of pilots in the service of the newly-formed Queensland Air Navigation Ltd. He was one of the crew that flew the first ’plane north for the company, and he had been piloting its machines over the route since then. Members of the company in Brisbane were shocked by the news of his death last night. He was most popular with his co-pilots, all of whom regarded him as a most efficient flyer.

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