Paisley, David Gordon (No. 265817)

Paisley, David Gordon

Private

No. 265817, 1st/6th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

Killed in action on Sunday 1 April 1917 (aged 22)

Buried:

Maroeuil British Cemetery, France (Grave IV. B. 13)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

Family grave headstone in Bangor Abbey Graveyard, Bangor, Co Down

BIOGRAPHY

David Gordon Paisley was born on 14 July 1894 in Barnhill, Larne and he was a son of William Campbell Paisley and Mary Elizabeth Paisley (nee Gordon) who were married on 25 July 1893 in Carnmoney Presbyterian Church, Co Antrim.

The Paisley family lived at 8 Barnhill Terrace, Larne.

William Campbell Paisley was a National School Teacher and he and Mary had three children:

David Gordon (born 14 July 1894 in Barnhill, Larne)

James Edgar (born 4 June 1898 in Barnhill, Larne)

William Campbell (born 19 August 1900; died of gastro-enteritis 7 October 1900 aged 7 weeks)

Their father William died of heart disease on 24 January 1906 (aged 41) and the Paisley family moved to Bangor.  They lived at 11 Hamilton Road and David Gordon Paisley worked as an apprentice in wholesale drapery.  He was employed by Messrs Lindsay Brothers in Donegall Place, Belfast and he was an active member of the North Belfast Regiment of the Ulster Volunteer Force.

In December 1914 David Gordon Paisley enlisted in Perth, Scotland and he served with the Black Watch (Lewis Gun Section).  His brother, James Edgar Paisley, served with the same Regiment.  David Paisley went to the Front in July 1916 and was wounded at Beaumont Hamel in November 1916.

Private David Gordon Paisley (No. 265817) was 22 when he was killed in action on 1 April 1917 and he was buried in Maroeuil British Cemetery, France.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

I SHALL GO TO HIM

BUT HE SHALL NOT RETURN TO ME

2 Sam. 12. 23

Private David Gordon Paisley’s death was reported in the 13 April 1917 edition of the County Down Spectator under the headline Former Bangor Man Killed.  At the time of his death Private Paisley’s mother was living in Belfast at 30 Madison Avenue.  Later she moved to Ventnor, 14 Chichester Street and she died on 17 May 1938 (aged 70).

Private David Gordon Paisley is commemorated in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 521) and on the family grave headstone in Bangor Abbey Graveyard.

Deeply mourned by his mother, brother and friends