Gerald Washington Davey

Date of birth: 1883
Place of birth: Surbiton
Regiment: Army Service Corps
Battalion: 283rd Mechanical Transport
Rank / Service No: Lance Corporal, M2/265634
Died: 8th May 1917, aged 33 years
Buried: Agny Military Cemetery, France (E.47)


Gerald was the youngest of 4 siblings born to Charles Washington and Harriett Davey (nee Cummings), who married in Oxford in 1871.

Charles was born in Ramsgate in 1848 and died in Surbiton on 24 January 1912. Harriett was born in Torquay in 1847 and she passed away in Surbiton in 1940.


Gerald was an Auctioneer by trade and he married Caroline Alice (Carrie) Dalziel in Worthing in 1904.

Carrie was born in Renfrew in 1880 and she passed away in Southampton in 1962.


Prior to moving to Southampton, the couple (and their daughter) were living in Melcombe Regis (Dorset) at the 1911 Census.

Cynthia Irene Dalziel   b. 1906 Worthing   d. 1998 New Forest   Married Clifford L. Hammond in Southampton in 1927.



Lilian   b. 1875 Surbiton   d. ??

Ethel Gertrude   b. 1876 Surbiton   d. 1955 Worthing   Married John Albert Hiscock in London in 1904.

Ernest S.   b. 1880 Surbiton   d. 1942 Surbiton

Gerald Washington


The 283rd Mechanical Transport battalion was attached to the 265th Siege Battery Ammunition Column in VII Corps.

Gerald perished during the Second Battle of Arras (9 April – 16 May 1917).


The battle cost 160,000 British and 120,000 German lives.


The cemetery was begun by French troops and used by Commonwealth units and field ambulances from March 1916 until June 1917.

The 40 French graves were removed and a further 137 burials were brought in from battlefields east of Arras in 1923-24.

The cemetery contains 408 Commonwealth burials from WW1.


Gerald’s headstone reads: “ Never forgotten.”



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 29th June 2016


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