David Lyle BAXTER

BAXTER, David Lyle

Service Number: 5334
Enlisted: 16 February 1916, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion
Born: Goulburn, New South Wales, January 1889
Home Town: Burwood, Burwood, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Railway iron machinist
Died: Natural causes, Concord West, New South Wales, 23 August 1951
Cemetery: Rookwood Cemetery & Crematorium
Privately cremated
Memorials: Burwood Memorial Arch
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World War 1 Service

16 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 5334, Sydney, New South Wales
3 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 5334, 5th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
3 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 5334, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ayrshire, Melbourne
6 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 5334, 5th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Father David James Baxter and Mother Frances BAXTER,
lived at "Beaconfield", Oxford Street, Burwood, New South Wales.

Wife:  Dorothy Isabel Baxter (nee Atkinson)

Brother enlisted:
1615 Private Cecil James (enlisted under 'Eric James') - 56th Infantry Battalion
born: 1897  Sutton Forest, NSW
16/02/1916  enlisted with his brother David into WWI at Bathurst, NSW
14/04/1916  embarked Sydney, NSW onboard HMAT A40 Ceramic
                  as a Private with 53rd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
28/05/1916  taken on strength 56th Infantry Battalion at Ferry Post
20/07/1916  gun shot wound to chest, arms and buttocks (arm blown off),
                   received in action during the Battle of Fromelles
22/07/1916  gun shot wound to chest, arms and buttocks (arm blown off)
                   died of wounds received in action at Fromelles, France
                   at 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, in the field, France
buried in:     Estaires Communal Cemetery and Extension
                   Plot III, Row E, Grave 1


Previous service:
3 1/2 years 1st Australian Infantry - discharged own accord

David was described on enlisting as 26 years 6 months of age; single; 5' 11.5" tall;
140 lbs; dark complexion; brown eyes; dark hair; Church of England

16/02/1916  enlisted with younger brother Cecil into WWI in Sydney, NSW

03/07/1916  embarked Melbourne, VIC onboard HMAT A33 Ayrshire
                   as a Private with 5th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement

15/09/1916  marched in from overseas reinforcements to 2nd Training Battalion

13/12/1916  proceeding overseas onboard SS Arundel, ex Folkestone

16/01/1917  taken on strength 5th Infantry Battalion, France

22/02/1917  sick to hospital - rejoining battalion later same day

01/09/1917  sick to hospital Agina
                   embarked onboard HS St Denis to England
                   admitted to Essex County Auxillary Hospital

22/05/1918  proceeded overseas to France, ex Ooverseas Trainng Brigade, Folkestone

22/08/1918  gastric enteritis - admitted to 4th Southern General Hopital, Plymouth

18/01/1919  returned to Australia onboard HT Ulyssis, ex England
15/03/1919  disembarked into Australia

06/06/1919  discharged from service

Medals:       British War medal (48723) and Victory medal (47530)

Married:      Dorothy Isabel Atkinson

23/08/1941  passed away

cremated at:  Rookwood Cemetery and Crematorium

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  25/04/2017.  Lest we forget