One sheet in his service records reads: "Earl Davison was the adopted son of William Alexander Davison and Edna Myrtle Davison, who having died. Earl was given to Janet Davison. Mother of William Davison"
Qualified Driver Mechanic Class 1.
Wounded on October 10, 1944. Died of wounds 3 days later. Multiple splinter wounds in the back.
His soldier's service and pay book notes the address of a woman named Regina Kouwijzer, Zandstraat 11, Hulst, Netherlands.
The Algonquin war diary reports on October 10, 1944: Boekhoute, Belgium.
1. The situation in this vicinity is as follows * The 3rd Canadian Division crossing of the Leopold canal is progressing, though with heavy casualties. It was over this same canal at a more difficult spot, with one third of the force and with one quarter of the support, that we were forced to withdraw some time ago (September 14, 1944) after sustaining enormous casualties. In the north (Biervliet/ Hoofdplaat, Netherlands), the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade (Highland Light Infantry, North Nova Scotia Highlanders, North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment) landing is progressing favorably. The high command appreciation shows the Germans to be pulling out by way of Knokke-Heist, Belgium.
2. The plan was to advance two Coys up, right, to 185058 (Isabellaweg/ Clarapolderweg, Philippine, Netherlands) and left to 181051 (Clarapolderweg, border Belgium/Netherlands) and then pass "A" Coy through to road junction 184061 (Isabellaweg/ Savooyaardsweg, Philippine, Netherlands). Phase 1 "B" Coy under Major J.S. McLeod, had as an intermediate objective road junction 191054 (Spanjaardsweg/ Dijckmeesterweg, Philippine, Netherlands) and as final objective road junction 185058 (Isabellaweg/ Clarapolderweg, Philippine, Netherlands). Then a task platoon to 185056 (Isabellaweg/ Clarapolderweg, Philippine, Netherlands). Phase 2 "D" Coy under Major W.A. Johnston, on the left to road junction 188048 (Notelaarstraat, border Belgium/ Netherlands). Final objective 181051 (Clarapolderweg, border Belgium/Netherlands) and subsequently a task platoon to 179057. "A" Coy under Captain R.B. Stock to advance on Lieutenant Colonel Bradburn's orders and pass through "B" Coy's final objective, thence to road junction 184061 (Isabellaweg/ Savooyaardsweg, Philippine, Netherlands) with exploitation forward to 181064 (Isabellaweg/ Smokkelweg) and right along the dyke road.
3. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada troops under our command, with Major Harper in charge, wil take over our defensive positions. A full Arty plan was laid on with concs on suspected strong points. Machine Guns were also included in the effort while preparations were made with intelligence for the receptions of prisoners. "H" Hour was set for 0300 hrs. Lt-Col Bradburn and Lt Cohen, IO, went to an OP to observe the Arty's effort and the show got under way at 0300 hrs. Progress was very slow, "B" Coy was held up and pinned down by fire from enemy strong points and after a few casualties, they were forced to withdraw. Captain W.F. Grafton was among the wounded. On the left, very few man of "D" Coy managed to get through and obstacles at 194046 (Boekhoutweg, border Belgium/ Netherlands) and these were pretty well out up as the obstacle was covered by enemy LMG and grenade fire. When the attack bogged down, Lt-Col Bradburn decided to withdraw and ordered a medium conc to be laid on.
4. A new "H" Hour was laid on for noon but this was later changed to 1230 hrs. Brig J.C. Jefferson was with us all morning and favored the Officers with his presence at breakfast.
5. In the afternoon, Capt R.A. Scott took over command of "D" Coy from Maj Johnston who is going back for a rest. The afternoon's attack, led by "A" and "D" Coys, met with no better succes than its predecessor and another withdrawal had to be effected. After this the Battalion returned to its former positions and prepared for a possible counter-attack. The day's casualties were 1 Officer and 20 Other Ranks.
His brother (although not sure if he was his full blood brother) Alexander Russell Davison A/19443, Sapper, Royal Canadian Engineers, 11 Field Coy. was killed in action during Dieppe Raid on August 19, 1942. An eye-witness reports that he was shot in the back between the shoulder blades and the bullet exited through his throat. This said, his body was never found back. He is enlisted on panel 23, column 2 at the Brookwood 1939-1945 memorial.
Couple standing next to E.A. Davison's military grave in Eeklo, Belgium.
SOURCE: VETERANS AFFAIRS CANADA