David Lindsay LLEWELYN

LLEWELYN, David Lindsay

Service Number: 6282
Enlisted: 7 June 1916, Adelaide
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Willowie, Mount Remarkable - South Australia, Australia, 1892
Home Town: Spalding, Northern Areas, South Australia
Schooling: Willowie Primary, South Australia, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 21 September 1917
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial
Plot XXVIII, Row B, Grave No. 4,
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Booleroo Centre WW1 Roll of Honour, Spalding Honour Roll WW1, Spalding War Memorial, Willowie Memorial Hall Stained Glass Window 2, Willowie Schools and District Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

7 Jun 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6282, 10th Infantry Battalion, Adelaide
28 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 6282, 10th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Anchises embarkation_ship_number: A68 public_note: ''
11 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6282, 10th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second)
30 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6282, 10th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6282, 10th Infantry Battalion, Menin Road, KIA 21 September 1917 See biography for links to witnesses

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Biography contributed by Di Barrie

David Lindsay Llewelyn was born at Willowie on 2 June 1891. He was the youngest son and eighth child of David and Jane (nee Windebank) Llewelyn, who farmed near Willowie.

His father, David Snr, died in 1909 and the family farm was sold. When David enlisted in 1916 he was share-farming at Spalding and his mother, who he named as his next of kin, was living at Nailsworth.

David enlisted on 7 June 1916 as a Private into the 10 Battalion, 20 Reinforcement. His medical examination noted that he was aged 24 years, was 5’10” (177.8cm) tall and weighed 155lbs (71.5Kg). He had a fresh complexion, hazel eyes and light brown hair. He religion was Methodist.

His unit embarked from Adelaide on 28 August 1916 (AWM Embarkation Roll Number 23/27/4) on board HMAT A68 ‘Anchises’.  He disembarked at Plymouth and within a fortnight was admitted to hospital in Devonport for 3 days. He proceeded overseas to France in February 1917 for Etaples with the 1 Australian Divisional Base Depot. He joined the 10 Battalion from the 20 Reinforcements in France in March 1917.

In 1917 the 10 Battalion was in Belgium to take part in the major British Offensive of that year, the Third Battle of Ypres and the Battle of Passchendaele. David was involved in the Battle of Menin Road east of Ypres. The battle was intense, and casualties were heavy. Conditions were poor with mud and shell holes making progress difficult. The allies were using shell holes as defensive positions and David and four other men were shelled by enemy fire in a hole near Hooges Wood on the Menin Road near Polygon, with one soldier escaping, one wounded and the other three, including David, killed.

He was reported as Missing in Action on 21 September 1917 during the Battle of the Menin Road, and his body was recovered and buried on the 22 September 1917, however, it was not until the 13 October that he was reported and recorded as Killed in Action. He was buried initially at Chateau Wood, but after the war his body was moved to the Commonwealth War Graves Tyne Cot Cemetery at Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XXVIII, Row B, Grave 4.

David’s mother, who was his next of kin, had died on 6 November 1916. David’s eldest brother James became his next of kin and received his medals at the end of the war; the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

He is commemorated on the

Willowie School & Districts Honour Roll at the Willowie Memorial Hall,

South Australian National War Memorial Adelaide

Australian National War Memorial, Canberra (Panel 59)

Source: "Diggers From the Dust" - Di Barrie & Andrew Barrie