Canada in the Second World War


Frank P. Davidson

Frank P. Davidson was born May 20, 1918 in New York (USA).

Frank P. Davidson joined the Canadian Army before the United States entered the war. He enlisted on August 25, 1941 as a trooper in the Canadian Armoured Corps. After his training in Canada, he arrived in United Kingdom on May 22, 1943 with the rank of lieutenant and was posted with the Fort Garry Horse on December 23, 1943. Frank P. Davidson landed on Juno Beach on June 23, 1944 and participated, as a member of “C” Squadron, in the battles of Carpiquet, Bretteville-sur-Odon, Verson and Louvigny (in Normandy). During the last weeks of the war, he served as Intelligence Officer at the Headquarters of the 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade. He received the Bronze Star Medal “For meritorious service in connection with military operations from August 14, 1944 to May 8, 1945.” He was discharged in February 1946 in Montréal, Québec.

After the war, Frank P. Davidson studied at Harvard Law School. Between 1948 and 1950 he served as General Counsel and Director of Military Affairs at the Chamber of Commerce in Houston. In 1950 he then worked on the legal staff of the United States Embassy in Paris. Finally, he worked for a private law practice in New York between 1953 and 1970. He died in February 2014.

In 2009, as he was portrayed in the Juno Beach exhibition “Veterans’ Voices”, Frank Davidson declared:

My interest in public service came from my father who taught me by example. I joined the Canadian army because the United States was not yet in the war and I wanted to serve. My service and post war was dedicated to the Canadian objectives and my comrades remain close personal friends to this day. I have maintained a close relationship with the Fort Garry Horse Regiment.”