Coey, David (No. 10327)

Coey, David


No. 10327, 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Friday 4 October 1918 (aged 19)


Dadizeele New British Cemetery, Belgium (Grave IV. D. 7)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Comber and District War Memorial

Second Comber Presbyterian Church

Brother of Lance Corporal Thomas Coey (No. 17459)


David Coey was born on 18 September 1899 in Mill Street, Comber and he was the second son of David and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Coey (nee Millar, sometimes Miller) who were married on 28 October 1892 in Dundonald Presbyterian Church.  David Coey, a tram driver from Comber, was a son of James Coey, a labourer.  Lizzie Millar from Comber was a daughter of Archibald Millar, a postman.

The Coey family lived in Mill Street, Comber.

David Coey Senior worked as a labourer and van driver and he and Elizabeth had six children:

Agnes (born 28 December 1893 in Mill Street, Comber)

Thomas (born 19 August 1895 in Mill Street, Comber)

Elizabeth (born 4 June 1897 in Mill Street, Comber)

David (born 18 September 1899 in Mill Street, Comber)

Archibald Miller (born 28 November 1901 in Mill Street, Comber)

James (born 5 May 1904 in Mill Street, Comber)

David Coey enlisted in Belfast and served with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

Rifleman David Coey (No. 10327) was 19 when he was killed in action on 4 October 1918 during the Allied offensive against all sections of the German line and he was buried in Dadizeele New British Cemetery in Belgium.

Rifleman David Coey (No. 10327) is commemorated on Comber and District War Memorial and in Second Comber Presbyterian Church.