Harold Davenport

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Davenport, Corporal Harold no.3074

20th Battalion 7th Reinforcements, later 45th Battalion.

“Pine Leigh” Kaine Street [i.e.Kame Street] Peakhurst.


Born Bollington, England, son of Hezikah and Flora Davenport.

Lived in Broughton Street, Canterbury.

Enlisted 19/9/1915, aged 22.


Church of England.

Next of kin, mother, Mrs F. Davenport, Kame Street, Peakhurst.

Embarked from Sydney 20/12/1915 per HMAT A29 Suevic.

AWM File IDRL428: Letters to the Red Cross re Australian servicemen:

Corporal R Forbes no.1917, 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 27/9/1917: I knew him quite well. He was fair, medium height and build, about 24 to 25. I saw him wounded in the attack at Messines. He was hit in the leg, and went down at once, and was unable to walk. We held the ground taken.

Private H. Stephans no.3909 45th Battalion, no.4 AGH, Randwick. (A careful witness): I knew Davenport well, his name was Harold. I know his people very well He was reported as missing but his people who live at “Pine Leigh”, Kame Street, Peakhurst, have told me that they have received official information that he was Killed in Action and a memorial service was held at Peakhurst about a month ago. They want details of his death His pay has been stopped.

Private J. Sweeny (?) no.3227 45th Battalion, Ward 3, 3rd AGH London, 15/6/1919: I saw him hit by a bullet through the left arm and side, at Messines on 7/6/1917. I took the bullet out of his back, and bandaged him up, and left him in a shell hole at Oxegen Trench at Messines. He appeared to be dying then. We were ordered to retire and I did not see Davenport again. If he was buried, it would be probably on the field.

Description 5 ’8", Fair, Age 24 years.

Killed in action 8/6/1917 at Messines/Oostaveme, aged 23.

Memorial on the Menin Gate.

Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1891799/ [accessed 06/01/2017].

Special acknowledgement

The foundation of the information on this page was copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.


An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 names in the book with a link to the biography copied from the book about each individual. The alphabetical list is titled Canterbury's Boys list. The biographical files are editable, created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to contribute any further information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they may have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.


Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002