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David Carlisle.


Newspaper Photograph of Rifleman David Carlisle.

Life Story

Name: David Carlisle.

Service Number: 6043.

Rank: Rifleman.

Battalion: 2nd Battalion.

Regiment: Royal Irish Rifles.

Born: 19th January 1880, County Antrim.

Died: 12th March 1915.

Address: 21 Bristol Street, Belfast


David Carlisle, son of Samuel and Agnes Carlisle, lived with his wife Ellen Jane and children at 21 Bristol Street, Shankill, Belfast


The 1901 Ireland Census has David living at 28 Bristol Street, Belfast with his mother, father, occupation, Furness Man, six brothers, Samuel, 17 years, Iron Moulder, Walter, 15 years, Tailor, William J, 13 years, James, 11 years, Fred, 9 years, Albert V, 4 years, and sister Lily T S, 2 years


The 1911 Ireland Census has David living at 8 Bristol Street, Belfast with his wife and in laws. His occupation at this time is given as Iron Moulder


David Thompson Carlisle had married Ellen Jane Carlisle, Nee Todd, on the 31st October 1908 within the Bethany Presbyterian Church Shankill Road, Belfast.

They went on to have two children, their names and dates of births are as follows, Samuel Carlisle born 7th July 1911, Eileen Black born 3rd April 1914


David signed the Ulster Covenant on the 28th of September 1912, Ulster Day within Clifton Street Orange Hall, Belfast


David joined the Royal Irish Rifles.

He was posted as part of the British Expeditionary Force to France on the 28th December 1914.

David was a Rifleman in 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles when he was Killed In Action at Neuve Chapelle on the 12th March 1915 aged 35 years


Local newspapers state



Mrs E Carlisle, 21 Bristol Street, Belfast has been notified that her husband Private David Carlisle, 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, was killed on the 10th ult, at Neuve Chapelle. Prior to being called as a reservist deceased was employed as an ironmoulder at the Queens Island. He served in South Africa during the Boar war. Two of his brothers are also in the army, one in the North Irish Horse, and the other in the Royal Engineers, both being stationed at Antrim. Deceased who leaves two children, was the eldest son of Mr Samuel Carlisle, 13 Tilley Street


David's Soldiers Effects were left to his widow Ellen Jane.

A Pension Application Form shows his widow as claimant.

Dependant Pension Application Forms show Ellen Jane as claimant for herself and two children.


See brother also: 71305 Private Frederick Carlisle North Irish Horse.

See brother also: 64026 Driver Albert Carlisle 122 Field Company Royal Engineers.


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


He is Remembered at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

To Remember Is To Honour



Shankill Roll of Honour




Newspaper, , Photograph - Belfast Telegraph

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