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Place of Birth: Barnoldswick, Yorkshire
Service No: 40749
Regiment / Corps / Service: Northumberland Fusiliers
Battalion / Unit: 23rd (Service) Battalion. (4th Tyneside Scottish)
Division: 34th Division
Date of Death: 1917-02-11
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 2.
CWGC Cemetery: ---
CWGC Memorial: PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: BARNOLDSWICK, YORKSHIRE
David Walling was the son of Francis and Hannah Fawcett Walling, née Collins and brother of Private James Walling (29963) (q.v.). Their father Francis was born at Preston Patrick, Westmorland and mother, Hannah, at Darlington, Co. Durham.
1901 Barnoldswick, Yorkshire Census: East Hill Street - David Walling, aged 9 years, born Barnoldswick, son of Francis and Hannah F. Walling.
1911 Barnoldswick, Yorkshire Census: 16, Ash Grove Terrace - David Walling, aged 19 years, born Barnoldswick, son of Francis and Hannah Walling.
David was married to Bertha Sheldrick in 1915.
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte David Walling, 39530, West Riding Regiment & 40749, Northumberland Fusiliers.
British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte David Walling, 39530, 9th W. Rid. R. att/23rd Northd Fus, 40749. Died.
Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte David Walling, 40749, 23rd Bn Northd Fus. Date and Place of Death: 11.2.17 France. Officially accepted. To whom Authorised: Widow and sole legatee - Bertha. Amount Authorised: £6 5s. 6d.
David was killed in a trench raid and his unidentified body buried by the Germans in Lambersart Communal Cemetery Extension. His body was exhumed and re-buried by the then IWGC in either Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentières or Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix. Private Edward Faulkner (29/174) (q.v.) died of wounds that were probably received in this raid and Private Eli Waterworth, 40863 (q.v.) was awarded the M.M.
1. Stand To! The Journal of the Western Front Association No. 109 June/July 2017: Raiders Lost – Now Found – The Tyneside Scottish at Armentières – February 1917 by David Tattersfield.
2. Private William Smith, 40737 (q.v.) quoted in the 'Craven Herald' (23 February 1917).
3. Private Eli Waterworth, 40863 (q.v.) quoted in the 'Craven Herald' (9 March 1917) and in the 'West Yorkshire Pioneer' (9 March 1917).
A short biography of David is included in: ‘Barnoldswick - A small Town’s part in conflicts 1800 to 2014’ by Peter Ian Thompson (2014).
Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entryView Entry in CPGW Book
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:
WALLING, David, Tyneside Scottish (Northumberland Fusiliers), son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Walling, 20, Clifford Street, [Barnoldswick], killed in action Feb. 11, 1917.
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Private David WALLING
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Northumberland Fusiliers
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 34th Division
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