Arthur Allan Orme DAVENPORT MC

DAVENPORT, Arthur Allan Orme

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 1 November 1915, 2nd East Lancashire Regiment
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: Unspecified British Units
Born: St Kilda, Victoria, Australia, 1893
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Wesley College, Melbourne C of E Grammar School, Geelong Grammar School
Occupation: Fruit grower
Died: Died of Wounds, France, 24 March 1918
Cemetery: Rosieres British Cemetery
Plot 14
Memorials: Gretna War Memorial, Melbourne Grammar School WW1 Fallen Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

1 Nov 1915: Enlisted Lieutenant, Officer, Unspecified British Units, 2nd East Lancashire Regiment
24 Mar 1918: Involvement Lieutenant, Officer, 2nd East Lancashire Regiment
Date unknown: Involvement Lieutenant
Date unknown: Honoured Military Cross
Date unknown: Honoured Mention in Dispatches

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Arthur Allen Orme Davenport who was killed in action in France on 24th March 1918 was the son of Dr. A F Davenport. He was born in 1894 and entered the Preparatory School in 1903 and came up to the Senior School in 1906. At the end of 1907 he left for Geelong Grammar School, where he became captain of the school and twice stroked the crew in the Head of the River races. He left for England in March 1915 to enlist int he British Army, and gained a commission in the 2nd Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment. He was sent to Gallipoli, serving there until the Evacuation in December 1915 and he obtained an acting Captaincy under fire. After the evacuation he saw service in Egypt and the Sinai Desert for 12 moths and was then transferred to France, where he fought in many engagements on the Somme until he was dangerously wounded at Arras in May 1917 whilst leading his men over the German trenches. He was Mentioned in Despatches 'for general good leadership and gallantry. He has done good work during the period November 1915 to April 1917 and set a most excellent example to those serving under him'. He was also awarded the Military Cross. He was invalided to London but rejoined his battalion in January 1918 and was with it when it bore the first brunt of the great German offensive of March of that year. His battalion was practically annihilated, he being killed instantly. He was buried in Rosieres Cemetery.

War Services Old Melburnians 1914 - 1918


Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Arthur Allen Orme DAVENPORT was born in St Kilda in Victoria in 1893

His parents were Arthur Frederick DAVENPORT and Alline Rosalie SIEVWRIGHT

He was known as Allen DAVENPORT at Geelong Grammar School and after leaving school he went to Mildura and became a Fruit Grower - his Will states he was living in Merbein at the time

He won the Headmasters prize whilst attending Geelong Grammar and laid the Foundation Stone of the old school at the new site in Corio in 1913 - there is an Allen Davenport prize for the Senior Prefect (School Captain) which is still presented to this day

He left Australia for England in 1915 and on 1st November, 1915 he joined the British Army and was a commissioned Lieutenant in the 2nd East Lancashire Regiment

He died from wounds received in action on 24th March, 1918 whilst with the 1/4th Battalion - he is buried in Rosieres British Cemetery in Picardie & France

At different times he was a 2nd Lieutenant/ Lieutenant & had an acting Captaincy

Arthur was awarded the Military Cross and was also Mentioned in Dispatches

He was also awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal & the Victory Medal and his name was also memorialised on the Gretna War Memorial in Tasmania which his Aunt had arranged


His brother Waldron Keith DAVENPORT (SN V82199) also served in the Australian Army in WW2