GEN Basil Charles Davey


GEN Basil Charles Davey Famous memorial

St Lawrence, Bailiwick of Jersey
Death 20 Nov 1959 (aged 61)
London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Burial St Lawrence, Bailiwick of Jersey
Memorial ID 185712239 View Source

British Army Major General. He received his education at Blundell's School in Tiverton, RMA in Woolwich and at Jesus College, Cambridge. In August 1916 he was commissioned Second Lieutenant into the Royal Engineers and saw action in World War I with 1 Field Squadron and was Mentioned in Dispatches. Following the war, he was assigned to India with the 2nd Queen Victoria's Own Sappers and Miners. In 1928, he was posted to Catterick as Assistant Chief Royal Engineer and two years later he became an Engineering Instructor to the Royal Military College of Canada, in Ontario, until July 1934. He returned to England and took command of a Squadron Training Battalion in Chatham. In July 1936 he qualified as an Interpreter (1st Class) and was posted to Rome, Italy, returning to Catterick two years later. After the start of World War II, he was appointed Chief Royal Engineer of 6 Armored Division and saw service in Algeria and Tunisia. He assisted on the planning for the invasion of Sicily and took part in the operation as the Chief Engineer of XXX Corps. His organization was subsequently called home to take part in the Normandy Invasion and he remained the Corps' Chief Engineer through Operation Overlord, the crossing of the Seine and Operation Market Garden. Appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 23 March 1944, he returned to England in November 1944. In early 1945 he was posted to Italy as Chief Engineer 8th Army and later became the Chief Engineer of the British Force that advanced into Austria. He returned to England in 1947 and the following year was appointed Commandant of the Royal School of Military Engineering. In November 1949 he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general and was appointed a Knight Commander Order of the Bath on 1 June 1951. Two months later, he became Commandant of the Royal Military College of Science and was promoted to the rank of major general in May 1952, retiring in September 1954. He died one day shy of his 62nd birthday.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Originally Created by: William Bjornstad
  • Added: 5 Dec 2017
  • Find a Grave Memorial 185712239
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for GEN Basil Charles Davey (21 Nov 1897–20 Nov 1959), Find a Grave Memorial ID 185712239, citing Saint Lawrence Churchyard, St Lawrence, Bailiwick of Jersey ; Maintained by Find a Grave .