No. 11619, 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 22)
Mill Road Cemetery, France (Grave I. A. 29)
In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that David Lamont was born in Newtownards and enlisted in Belfast.
David Lamont was born on 1 August 1893 in Young Street, Lisburn and he was a son of William and Margaret Lamont (nee Scott) who were married on 23 June 1883 in Derryloran Parish Church of Ireland Church, Cookstown. William Lamont, a minor from Gortalowry, was a son of William Lamont, a labourer. Margaret Scott, a minor from Gortalowry, was a daughter of David Scott, a mason.
William Lamont worked as a linen yarn dresser and he and Margaret had at least seven children:
Matilda Maria (born 26 November 1885 in Young Street, Lisburn)
Sarah (born 6 March 1888 in Young Street, Lisburn)
Margaret (Maggie, born 3 December 1889 in Young Street, Lisburn)
William (born 6 July 1891 in Young Street, Lisburn)
David (born 1 August 1893 in Young Street, Lisburn)
Thomas (born 27 January 1895 in Mark Street, Newtownards)
Helen (born 21 February 1901 in Balfour Street, Newtownards)
Lance Corporal David Lamont served with the 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 109th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was 22 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Initially he was posted as missing in action and later it was officially confirmed that he must be presumed to have been killed in action. It was his father William who received his property and effects.
Lance Corporal David Lamont’s body was later found and identified and he was buried in Mill Road Cemetery, France.