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Gunner David Cairns Penman

Royal Garrison Artillery 24th Trench Mortar Battery
Service No: 39863

David Cairns Penman grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of William and Catherine Cairns Penman of Espieside Cottage, Townhead Rd, Coatbridge

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / Espieside Cottage, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 17/06/1915

Enlisted

Coatbridge 1913

Employed

Shingler in the Victoria Iron Works / Regular Soldier

Age

23

Buried / Remembered

Ypres ( Menin Gate ), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, often referred to simply as the Menin Gate, bears the names of more than 54,000 soldiers who died before 16 August 1917 and have no known grave. Between October 1914 and September 1918 hundreds of thousands of servicemen of the British Empire marched through the town of Ypres's Menin Gate on their way to the battlefields. The memorial now stands as a reminder of those who died who have no known grave and is perhaps one of the most well-known war memorials in the world. It commemorates casualties from the forces of Australia, Canada, India, South Africa and United Kingdom who died in the Salient. In the case of United Kingdom casualties, only those prior 16 August 1917 (with some exceptions). United Kingdom and New Zealand servicemen who died after that date are named on the memorial at Tyne Cot, a site which marks the furthest point reached by Commonwealth forces in Belgium until nearly the end of the war. New Zealand casualties that died prior to 16 August 1917 are commemorated on memorials at Buttes New British Cemetery and Messines Ridge British Cemetery.

Additional Information

David never had the opportunity of paying a visit home in his 2 years service. Also remembered on the Coats Parish Church Roll of Honour and at the Family Plot in Old Monkland Cemetery (see photos) and in the St Augustines Parish (book) Roll of Honour. See photos for Davids name on the Menin Gate Memorial

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  Medal Index Card  remembered at home  remembered at home  additional photo

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