war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

St Mary the Virgin, Cannon Street


L/Col Christopher Middlemass Davidson MVO (4th class)

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Middlemass Davidson died at the home of his son-in-law at 85 Barkston Gardens, London on 5th June 1922, aged 80. He had recently undergone an operation. He had lived in Dover for many years, and before 1904 had served on the Town Council. His home was at 14 Victoria Park, an area which was commandeered by Military Authorities for a rest camp during the war.. He was a member of HM King's Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms from 5th May 1889 till his death. His will was proved in September 1922 at 7,644.

He was born on 6th May 1843 and became an Ensign 4th Foot on 26th February 1862. On 19th March 1866 he was a Lieutenant, between 21st April 1875 and 22nd June 1876 an Adjutant of the Auxiliary Forces, and between 24th July 1868 to 1st January 1869 he was an Adjutant. He was made Captain of the 4th Foot on 23rd June 1875, and Captain of the 104th Foot on 23rd October 1875. He became Major of the Royal Muster Fusiliers on 1st July 1881, and retired as honourable Lieutenant Colonel on 10th June 1882.

Lt Colonel's Davidson's Funeral was held at St Jude's Church, Kensington, and his body was then brought to Dover to be interred at St Mary's. Borne on a gun carriage, the coffin was accompanied by representatives from nearly every unit in the Garrison, and was draped with the union flag. On top were Lt Colonel's helmet, sword, and gauntlets. The coffin was buried with full military honours. There were very many mourners at the graveside.

His son, Lt Francis Coventry Dudfield Davidson was killed in action on 23rd February 1900 in the South African War. He served in the 4th King's Own Royal Lancashire Regiment, becoming 2nd Lieutenant on 6th March 1895, and Lieutenant on 1st January 1897. He is commemorated on the South African War memorial in St Mary's church. 

Another son, Captain Christopher Edmund Grant Davidson was killed in action on 13th October 1915. He was in the 1st battalion, attached to the 6th of the Buffs (East Kent Regiment).

with thanks to Mr A G Belsey

unveiling St Marys, courtesy Dover Express



Unveiling St Mary's memorial




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