An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

Gordon Hudson DAVISON

No. 936543 Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner),
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve;
No. 83 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

Died 13 April 1942, aged 22 years.

Buried in Redcar Cemetery, Plot N, Row 8, Grave 9.

No. 83 Squadron was part of RAF Bomber Command. At the time of Flight Sergeant Davison’s death the squadron was stationed at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire and was equipped with the unsatisfactory Avro Manchester heavy bomber (later superseded by the far more reliable Avro Lancaster). The squadron’s mission was to mount night bombing raids over enemy-occupied Europe. Numbers of planes were inevitably lost in these raids or returned badly damaged with dead or wounded crew members. Air gunners, particularly ‘tail-end Charlies’, were especially vulnerable. The circumstances of Flight Sergeant Davison’s own death are at present unknown.

Gordon Hudson Davison was the son of James Hudson Davison and Margaret Jane Davison of Redcar. He entered Coatham School in September 1931, aged 11, in Form IIIB. He was a fee-paying day boy and joined Gale’s House, later renamed Cochrane’s. In 1933-34 he was in Form IVA, but left at the end of that school year. In 1940 he was on the first published list of Old Coathamians in H.M. Forces, and he was first recorded on the School’s Roll of Honour in July 1942. His parents were still living in Redcar at the time of his death.