David was born in Chester but, by the time of the 1901 Census, he was living in Cheadle, then aged 13. On 4 September 1912, he married Mary Owen at St Georges's Church, Heaviley and they are believed to have subsequently lived at 59 Winfred Road, Heaviley.
It is not known what David did for a living but, for relaxation, he was a member of the Cale Green Reform Club. He enlisted in the army at Stockport and his original number, 5212, suggests this was during early 1915.
He was wounded whilst serving in the Salonika theatre of the war in Greece. This will have been with the 12th or, more likely from the service number, 2nd Battalion. It is probable that, after he recovered and was fit to return to duty, the 16th Battalion had a greater need for men and he was transferred.
Wimereux, where he is buried, was a major hospital centre near to Boulogne. It is known that David died after being wounded. It cannot be known for certain how long he was in hospital but the Battalion was involved in a major attack only a few days before on 22 October. Click here for details of that action.