1. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.131
2. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour8C GQS

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Family :

Born 30th March, 1867 at Montreal Region, Quebec, Canada to Alexander Davidson and Grace Parker. Clerk, Montreal (1890). Married Fanny Margaret Bradshaw Crombie in 1892.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: Canadian Red Cross 

Action : Natural Causes 

Natural causes is attributed those deaths due to causes that were not directly associated with the war. Included in this are wartime deaths resulting from, for example, theSpanish Influenza pandemic and its associated pneumonia problems and other attributions such as age and exhaustion. It also groups those who through Post Traumatic Stress committed suicide as a result of their experiences.

Detail :

The Canadian War Review and Sarah Glassford's Book: Mobilising Mercy - A History of the Canadian Red Cross, both show Edward recorded as an Assistant Red Cross Commissioner (it would seems strange therefore to see a military rank). An excerpt from the book shows:

"The society's South African War experience demonstrated the usefulness of an on-site CRCS commissioner, but offered no meaningful guidelines for coordinating an overseas operation the size of that which soon developed in England and France. The early chaos of National Headquarters was therefore mirrored, if not amplified, when the CRCS attempted to set up operations in Britain in November 1914. The natural but inauspicious (and unrelated) deaths, almost immediately upon arrival, of Colonel Jeffrey Burland (commissioner) and shortly thereafter of Lieutenant E.W. Parker (assistant commissioner) certainly did not help matters."

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Saint Paul's No. 374 E.C.Montreal & Halifax

27th December 1890
13th January 1891
10th February 1891

Edward was 23 when he was initiated into St. Paul's Lodge No. 347 in Canada in 1890. The annotation against his contribution record is "Died 12.12.14"

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