Gamble, David John (No. 18/115)

Gamble, David John (David)


No. 18/115, 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Died on Saturday 8 July 1916 (aged 17)


Caudry Old Communal Cemetery, France (Grave B. 4)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Comber and District War Memorial

First Comber Presbyterian Church


David John Gamble was born on 14 May 1899 in McConnell’s Row, Comber and he was a son of Robert and Sarah Gamble (nee Mullan) who were married on 17 September 1892 in Dundonald Presbyterian Church.  Robert Gamble from Dundonald was a son of Robert Gamble, a farmer.  Sarah Mullan from Comber was a daughter of Charles Mullan, a labourer.

The Gamble family lived at 4 Brownlow Street, Comber.

Robert Gamble worked as a blacksmith and he and Sarah had at least eight children:

James (born 21 November 1893 in Bridge Street, Comber)

Jane (born 3 July 1895 in McConnell’s Row, Comber)

Frances (born 23 January 1897 in Mill Street, Comber)

David John (born 14 May 1899 in McConnell’s Row, Comber)

Hugh (born 13 February 1903 in Mill Street, Comber)

Mary (born 8 July 1904 in Mill Street, Comber; died of measles with ulceration of the throat 11 August 1905 aged 1)

Henry (born 2 November 1906 in Mill Street, Comber; died of meningitis 17 February 1911 aged 4)

Samuel (born 20 March 1909 in Belfast Road, Comber)

David John Gamble enlisted at Clandeboye and served with the 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Rifleman David John Gamble made his will on 20 November 1915 and in it he left the whole of his property and effects to his mother.  He was posted as missing in action after the first day of the Battle of the Somme.  In December 1916, it was reported that he had been wounded during the advance and taken prisoner.

In May 1917 it was officially confirmed that Rifleman David John Gamble (No. 18/115) had died of his wounds while being held prisoner by the Germans.  He was 17 years of age when he died and he was buried in Caudry Old Communal Cemetery, France.

Rifleman David John Gamble (No. 18/115) is commemorated on Comber and District War Memorial and in First Comber Presbyterian Church.