Reginald William DAVENPORT

DAVENPORT, Reginald William

Service Number: 6817
Enlisted: 7 February 1916, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 1st Signal Squadron
Born: Balmain, New South Wales, 20 May 1899
Home Town: Gordon, Ku-ring-gai, New South Wales
Schooling: Gordon Public School
Occupation: Electrical mechanic
Died: Natural causes, Sydney, New South Wales, 11 July 1942, aged 43 years
Cemetery: Privately Cremated
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World War 1 Service

7 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6817, Sydney, New South Wales
11 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, 6817, 1st Divisional Signal Company, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, 6817, 1st Divisional Signal Company, HMAT Orsova, Sydney
3 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sapper, 6817, 1st Signal Squadron

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Only son of Mr. Thomas Davenport, of Ryde Road, Gordon, was born on May 20, 1899 at Balmain, and was educated at the Gordon Public School.  He joined the staff of the Sydney Morning Herald in 1913, and was later apprenticed as an eletrical mechanic.

Enlisting on January 7, 1916, as a Sapper with the 1st Division of the Signalling Company attached to the Engineers, he was transferred in April of the same year to the 1st Signalling Squadron (Anzac Mounted Division).  He saw service in Egypt, Palestine and Syria, and was in a number of engagements, notably those at Romani, Bir-el-abd, El-Arish Maghdaba, Rafa, Gaza and Beersheba, where he was wounded.  He was also at the occupation of Jerusalem on December 9, 1917.  He was afterwards in serveral engagements up to the Jordan Valley, and was in the big advance from Damascus to Aleppo.  He was also engaged in connection with the Egyptian rising.