No. 2/8290, 1st Battalion, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers)
Died in a Prisoner of War Camp on Friday 25 August 1916 (aged 31)
Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany (Grave VIII. E. 20)
Bangor and District War Memorial
Newtownards and District War Memorial
Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque
Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum
Conlig Orange Hall
Conlig Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for
Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards
David Gamble was born on 26 January 1885 in Conlig and he was a son of Hugh and Mary Anne Gamble who were married on 30 December 1882 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s). Hugh Gamble, a labourer from Drumhirk, was a son of David Gamble, a weaver. Mary Anne Cooper, an embroiderer from Conlig, was a daughter of William Cooper, a labourer.
Hugh and Mary Anne Gamble (nee Cooper) had three children:
David (born 26 January 1885 in Conlig)
James Whitley (born 18 July 1886 in Conlig)
Hugh (born 8 February 1888 in Conlig)
Prior to the outbreak of the Great War David Gamble worked as a general labourer and on 1 January 1909 he and Jane Dempster were married in Newtownards Registrar’s Office. Jane Dempster from Castleaverry, Comber was a daughter of David Dempster, a labourer.
David and Jane Gamble (nee Dempster) had at least four children, three of whom were baptised in Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards:
Mary Ann (born 12 April 1909 in Conlig; died of pertussis 10 March 1911)
James (born 3 September 1910 in West Street, Newtownards)
Hugh (born 20 November 1912 in East Street, Newtownards)
William John (born 1 July 1914 in Gibson’s Lane, Newtownards)
In 1911 the Gamble family was living at 91 East Street, Newtownards along with Jane’s daughter Georgina Dempster (born 3 January 1899 in Ballykeigle) and her son David Dempster (born 3 July 1901 in Carrickmannon). After their mother got married, both Georgina and David changed their surnames from Dempster to Gamble.
David Gamble enlisted in Belfast and he served with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers. Private David Gamble (No. 2/8290) was taken prisoner near Harcourt and held in the Munster Prisoner-of-War Camp. German records indicate that he was shot in the abdomen while attempting to escape and subsequently died in Krefeld Hospital on 25 August 1916 (aged 31). He was buried by the Germans in Krefeld Cemetery (Grave No. 144), later exhumed and re-interred in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany.
At the time of his death, David’s wife and family were living in the townland of Ballycullen, Newtownards.
Private David Gamble’s mother, Mary Anne, died on 30 March 1921 (aged 67) and his father, Hugh, died on 14 April 1937 (aged 76). Both were buried in the same grave in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor.
Private David Gamble (No. 2/8290) is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial; on Newtownards and District War Memorial; on the Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum (Page 40); in Conlig Orange Hall; in Conlig Presbyterian Church and in the PCI Roll of Honour for Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards.
First World War casualties David Gamble and Alexander Carlisle were second cousins:
David Gamble was a son of Hugh Gamble who was a son of David Gamble who was a son of John Gamble.
Alexander Carlisle was a son of Ellen Carlisle (nee Gamble) who was a daughter of James Gamble who was a son of John Gamble.