Ref ID: 7560

Name

David Blair.


Description

Newspaper Photograph of Private David Blair.


Life Story

Name: David Blair.

Service Number: 10278.

Rank: Private.

Battalion: 2nd Battalion.

Regiment: South Lancashire Regiment.

Born: 16th September 1895, Belfast.

Died: 4th June 1915.

Address: 22 Pernau Street, Belfast

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David Blair, son of John and Jane Blair, lived at 22 Pernua Street, Shankill Road, Belfast

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The 1911 Ireland Census has David living at 86 Canmore Street, Shankill, Belfast with his mother, occupation, Linen Weaver, father , Engineer Linen Factory, and brother Samuel, 28 years, General Labourer. David's occupation at this time is given as Hackle Setter. David also had two sisters, Maggie and Jennie who are mentioned within a Service Record.

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A member of the Royal Irish Constabulary, Sergeant Welshman, Shankill Road, signed David's Character Reference that enabled him to enlist

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David joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Reserves serving as Private 3226, on the 24th February 1914.

Having served 137 days, he then transferred into the South Lancashire Regiment on the 11th of July 1914.

On the 5th of December 1915 John was posted as part of the British Expeditionary Force to France.

David aged 19 years was a Private in 2nd Battalion South Lancashire Regiment when he Died Of Wounds within in an advanced Dressing Station Hospital Ambulance in France on the 4th of June 1915 after receiving a G.S.W, Gun Shot Wound, to his abdomen.

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A local newspaper states.

Private David Blair 2nd Battalion Lancashire Regiment, who died of wounds on the 5th inst, was a son of Mrs Blair, 66 Pernau Street, Belfast, and was formerly in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Before rejoining the army he was employed by Messrs Combe, Barbour, Belfast. Another brother who was in the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, was killed early in the war

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David Soldiers Effects were left to his mother.

His Will, signed and dated 4 December 1914 states the following, In the event of my death I give the whole of my property and effects to my mother Jane Blair. It is then co-signed by a witnesses, William Flannigan and William Glover 3rd South Lancashire Regiment.

A Dependant Pension Application Form shows his mother as claimant also

David's family were connected to the following addresses also, 34 Glenwood Street, Belfast, 321 Glenwood Street, Belfast, 86 Canmore Street, Belfast, 59 Aberdeen Street, Belfast, 61 Fourth Street, Belfast, Millbrook Larne, County Antrim

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See brother also: 9092 Rifleman John Blair 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

See brother also: Samuel Blair 9th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

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David received the British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1915 Star.

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He is Remembered at Bedford House Cemetery, Belgium.

To Remember Is To Honour

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Theme

Shankill Roll of Honour


Date

1915


Classification

Newspaper, , Photograph - Belfast Telegraph

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