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Born in Ballarat, Victoria and a Boundary rider by occupation, John Davidson was 29 years and single when enlisted on the 1st of March 1916 in the 39th Battalion, B Company, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 435. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 'Ascanius' on the 27th of May 1916. On the 24th of November 1916 admitted to 2nd General Hospital Havre - Mumps serious. Wounded in action on the 30th of April 1917 and admitted to the 9th Australian Filed Ambulance – shell gas poisoning. On the 10th of September 1918 wounded in action 2nd occasion and admitted to the 1st Australian Field Ambulance – Gunshot wound left shoulder. Rider reverts to Private on the 20th of September 1919. Embarked return to Australia per 'Shropshire' ex England on the 2nd of December 1919. Disembarked on the 22nd of January 1920. Discharged from the 3rd Military District on the 25th of April 1920. Tree No. 2307