Other names: Victor William
Locations in this story: Noad Street, Ashmore, Shaftesbury, DorsetSturminster, Dorset
Story: Victor William Davidge was born at Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 26th December 1897 (registered as William Victor Davidge but mainly always referred to as Victor) and baptised there on 3rd April 1898, the son of David Davidge and Matilda Davidge (née Chapman). He lived all his life, apart from Military Service, in the Noad Street, Ashmore, area. He enlisted and joined the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 2472) later transferring to the 2nd Garrison Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers (Service No. 205820). It is not know in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals. The 1921 Census shows him living with his parents at 1 Noad Street, Ashmore, working as a Farm Labourer and he was still there at the time of the 1939 Register now described as a General Labourer and ARP Warden. His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry on 9th February 1956 and he was buried at Ashmore on 14th February 1956. He remained single all his life. Neither of his two surviving brothers at the outbreak of war served in the conflict.