David Lawrence PHILBIN
Rank: Corporal
Number: 266564
Unit: 9th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 17 July 1917
Age: 27
Cemetery: Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery, Nord, France

David's birth was registered at Stockport between January and March 1890. His parents are recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission only as Mr & Mrs M Philbin, 30 Chatham Street, Stockport. There is a record of a Michael Philbin who married Mary Burke in a civil ceremony at Stockport between April and June 1887. These may have been his parents. The family do not appear to be recorded in the 1901 Census.

By the time of the Great War, David was married to Beatrice and they lived at 45 Jennings Street. His service number is one normally associated with a soldier originally serving with the 6th Battalion - Stockport's local Territorial Battalion - and would have been issued after 1 January 1917, It is not known when David might have been transferred to the 9th Battalion - possibly immediately on arrival in France.

On 15 July, David was in trenches near the Belgian village of Wytschaete (south of Ypres) when he was seriously wounded. He will have received attention from the Battalion's own medical officer before being evacuated a short distance behind the front lines to a Main Dressing Station. Here, little more would have been done than to dress his wounds and stabilise him for a further journey of about 15 kilometres to one of the Casualty Clearing Stations based at Hazebrouck. Military surgeons at this field hospital would have done all they could to save his life but without success.

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