David Dolphin

Date of birth:               1887
Place of birth:             Inkberrow, Worcestershire
Date of marriage:      March 1916
Place of marriage:     Southampton
Service No:                  21242
Rank:                              Company Sergeant Major
Regiment:                     Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Died:                               19th May 1917 aged 30
Death location:          France

Family life
David Dolphin was born in 1887, the son of Charles and Emma Dolphin.  In 1891 the family were living at Inkberrow, Worcestershire.  Charles, aged 40 in 1891, was an agricultural labourer.  The census lists the family as Charles, Emma, William Large aged 7 (stepson), Alice (aged 8), David (aged 7) and Charles (aged 2). In 1901 David was still in Inkberrow working as a bricklayers labourer, he was living with his father Charles and siblings William and Alice, his mother Emma is not listed with the family, the census records she was working as a servant for a local farming family.

Charles Dophin died in 1902.  His wife Emma subsequently remarried Thomas Bennett in December 1908 in Alcester, Worcestershire.

In March 1916 David married Ellen Rose Mary Webb in Southampton.  Records show they lived at 376 Portswood Road, Southampton.

Military life
David joined the Military Foot Police and served on the North West Frontier in 1908.  The 1911 census lists him as a Private serving in Bombay.  He was subsequently promoted to Corporal/Acting Sergeant (number 1302) .

David was transferred to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and promoted to Company Sergeant Major (number 21242).  He arrived in France on 13th July 1915 and died of wounds on 19th May 1917.  He is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais.

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