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CodeNA8650
Dates1876-1954
Person NameDavidson; Sir; John Humphrey (1876-1954); Knight, Major-General
SurnameDavidson
ForenamesJohn Humphrey
PreTitleSir
EpithetKnight, Major-General
ActivitySir John Humphrey Davidson was born in 1876 in Mauritius, the son of George Walter Davidson a merchant. He was educated at Harrow and Sandhurst then joined the King's Royal Rifle Corps in 1896. He served in Mauritius, South Africa, Malta and Crete then entered Staff College after which he distinguished himself as a GSO, brigade-major, and instructor at Staff College, rising to major by 1914. During the First World War Davidson was chosen by General Douglas Haig (1861-1928) to be director of military operations to the British Army in France and remained closely associated with Haig and party to his decisions for the rest of the war. He was appointed CB in 1917, KCMG in 1919 and promoted to major-general in 1918. Davidson retired from the army in 1922 and, in his capacity as Member of Parliament for Fareham, Hampshire, served on many Commons committees concerned with the army and defence. In 1953 his biography of Haig 'Haig: Master of the Field' was published and he died in Aberdeenshire a year later.
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