William Davison, Baron Broughshane
Mayor of Kensington 1914-1919
William Davison, 1st Baron Broughshane, is an important character in the story of Kensington’s role in the Great War. He raised the 22nd Battalion, the Royal Fusileers, known as the Kensingtons and was responsible for housing, clothing and equipping the soldiers, as well as selecting the first officers. He was knighted for his services to the army. He corresponded with officers at the front and took a continuing interest in the battalion. He was created Baron Brougshane in 1945. He died in 1953.
But for our purposes his most important activity was keeping a set of scrapbooks covering the war period in which he put photographs, newspaper and periodical cuttings as well as records of his municipal activities concerning the war effort, even such items as uniform material samples.
The Broughshane scrapbooks are a unique collection of archive material and a cornerstone of the content on this site. We will be using items from the scrapbook to illustrate many of the posts on the site but we will also present individual volumes of the scrapbooks as seperate picture galleries.