Pyper, David (No. 18/1121)

Pyper, David

Rifleman

No. 18/1121, 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Friday 1 September 1916 (aged 19)

Buried:

Ration Farm (La Plus Douve) Annexe, Belgium (Grave II. C. 24)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Brother of Rifleman Robert James Pyper (No. 16948)

BIOGRAPHY

David Pyper was born on 8 April 1897 in the Workhouse Newtownards and he was a son of Margaret (Maggie) Pyper.  Maggie Pyper worked as a servant, a washerwoman and a charwoman and she had at least eight children:

Robert James (born 1 December 1893 in Glastry)

David (born 8 April 1897 in the Workhouse, Newtownards)

Minnie (born 7 December 1901 in the Workhouse, Newtownards)

Sarah (born 17 April 1905 in the Workhouse, Newtownards)

John (born 7 February 1907 in the Workhouse, Newtownards)

Adam (born 12 July 1910 in Ballyeasborough)

Liza Jane (born 18 November 1912 in Ballyeasborough)

Maggie (born 11 May 1915 in Ballyeasborough)

The Pyper family lived in Glastry; in Newtownards Workhouse and in Ballyeasborough.

David Pyper enlisted in Newtownards and he served with the 11th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Rifleman David Pyper was 19 when he was killed in action on 1 September 1916.  He was one of many casualties when the Battalion came under sustained mortar attack by the enemy while they were holding the line.

Rifleman David Pyper (No. 18/1121) was buried in Ration Farm (La Plus Douve) Annexe, Belgium.

Rifleman David Pyper and Rifleman Robert James Pyper are both commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial.  Their names were added later, at the end of the alphabetical list of names.