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General Sir Francis John Davies and Lord John Alexander Elphinstone

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General Sir Francis John Davies moved from a War Office post to command the 8th Division in France at the outbreak of war. He steered it through the battles of Neuve-Chapelle and Aubers Ridge. He then commanded the 8th Corps at Gallipoli before returning home as Military Secretary. He became General Officer Commanding (Scotland) in 1919 and was heavily involved in commemoration activities, including many in East Lothian. He is pictured at Carberry with John Alexander Elphinstone, a cousin of the present Queen. Lord Elphinstone also grew up to become a soldier. Captured in the next war, he was one of the inmates of Colditz.

3 thoughts on “General Sir Francis John Davies and Lord John Alexander Elphinstone”

  1. Ken Russell says:

    My Grandfather Acting Sergeant John Russell ASC was his driver from 1920 to 1922.

  2. Peter Farrell-Vinay says:

    Did Davies leave any papers and if so where?

    1. KateM says:

      Reply from Bill Wilson, Local History Officer: I’m sorry to say but neither General Sir Francis John Davies or relative never deposited any of his papers, diaries etc. with us. It would have been an excellent addition to our collection. I’m afraid there is no one here who knows where they could have gone. Thank you for your enquiry.

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