34506, Sapper, 136th Army Troop Company, Royal Engineers
Died of Wounds on the 4th January 1916 aged 22
David was born on the 20th April 1893, the son of Samuel & Elizabeth Austin of 10 Alleynes Road, Stevenage. He was employed in the family business of Austin & Son, Builders & Carpenters, for seven years before joining the Army and was a popular member of the Holy Trinity church choir. His younger brother, Thomas, was killed in action on the 8th September 1918 whilst serving in France with 9th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers.
David arrived on the Gallipolli front on the 24th November 1915 and only served on the peninsula for a number of weeks. It is not known how he was wounded but he died on the Hospital Ship, "Assaye" and his body was buried at sea.
David has no known grave and his name is recorded on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.(Panel 23/25.)
Medal Entitlement: 1915 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal