MABEN, David

Service Number: 1998
Enlisted: 7 January 1915, Oaklands, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Buittle, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland , 1892
Home Town: Penola, Wattle Range, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Tailor
Died: Killed in Action, France, 21 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Penola War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

7 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Oaklands, South Australia
20 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1998, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Hororata embarkation_ship_number: A20 public_note: ''
20 Apr 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1998, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

David Maben is featured in the  Glencairn Memorial Book where his entry covers a full two pages including mention of the grave at Buittle. He was an only son and had five sisters. After the father's death at Buittle, the family moved first to Dunreggan and then Moniaive before David went to Australia in 1911. 

David was employed as a tailor when he enlisted in January 1915 at Oaklands, South Australia. He sailed from Adelaide in April 1915 and landed at Gallipoli in July. He then served in Egypt before moving to France in April 1916. 
Born 1892 at Buittle, Kirkcudbrightshire.

(Source: GRoS – Birth Register) 

 (His service record gives Moniaive, Dumfriesshire as his birth place) 
Son of the late John Maben (died 1893) and Agnes (Davidson) Maben of Buittle Mains and of Ayr Street, Moniaive. 
By 1901 Agnes and her children were at Dunreggan, Glencairn. 

There is a family gravestone in Buittle Churchyard, Kirkcudbrightshire. 


Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 24 and the son of John and Agnes Maben, of Ayr St., Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

In his home town in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, he is remembered on the Moniaive War Memorial-this is a wooden carved plaque mounted just inside the door of the village remembrance hall.



Pte. David Maben, whose name ap- peared in a recent casualty list as having been killed, was well known at Penola. He was 24 years of age. He came to South Australia from Dunfrieshire, Scotland, about four or five years ago, and almost immediately settled at Coonawarra, where he worked for Mr. James Alexander for about two years. He then worked on the East West line, but returned to Penola for Christmas, 1914, and enlisted in January, 1915. He embarked in the following March. He was in the Gallipoli campaign and then went to France. The deceased was of a genial disposition, and was popular." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 21 Oct 1916 (nla.gov.au)