Date of birth: 1885
Place of birth: Shanklin, Isle of Wight
Service No.: 7253
Regiment / Division: Lancashire Fusiliers
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Died: 25th April 1915 aged 30 years
Life before the War
David was born 1885 in Shanklin, Isle of Wight. He was the son of David Kingswell who may have died 1896 on the Isle of Wight. David’s birth was registered in the birth indexes as Consort David Kingswell.
He joined the military early, possibly because his father had died. In 1901 he was a soldier in the Infantry stationed at the Chatham Barracks, Chatham, Kent.
By 1911 he was a Drummer in 2 Lancashire Fusiliers. He was stationed at Assaye Military Barracks, South Tidworth, Hampshire.
David enlisted into the Lancashire Fusiliers, 1st battalion. He joined at Sandown, Isle of Wight. Service Number 7253 and held the rank of Drummer. He was killed in Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 aged 30.
David is Remembered with Honour at Helles Memorial, Turkey (including Gallipoli).
He was entitled to the 1915 Star, Victory and British War Medal.
National roll of the Great War
“Kingswell, D., Drummer, 4th Lancashire Fusiliers
He enlisted in June 1885 (this year is incorrect, he was born in 1885) and at the outbreak of war was serving in India. He was sent to the Dardanelles in the following year and after taking part in the first landing at Gallipoli was severely wounded in action. He was invalided to Alexandria where he died of wounds on April 11th 1915 (CWGC website death date 25/04/1915). He was entitled to the 1914 – 1915 Star and the General Service and Victory Medals.
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