Shanks, David (No. 13477)

Shanks, David


No. 13477, 10th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 35)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)

Carrowdore Presbyterian Church


David Shanks was born on 21 July 1880 in the townland of Ballyboley, Greyabbey and he was a son of George and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Ann Shanks (nee Johnston) who were married on 4 September 1877 in Second Newtownards Presbyterian Church.  George Shanks from Dalry, Scotland was a son of Thomas Shanks, a farmer.  Elizabeth Ann Johnston from Cardy, Greyabbey was a daughter of William Johnston, a farmer.

George Shanks worked as a carpenter and agricultural labourer and he and Lizzie Ann had at least four children all of whom were baptised in Carrowdore Presbyterian Church:

David (born 21 July 1880 in Ballyboley)

Jane (born 2 June 1883 in Ballyboley; died 11 August 1893 aged 10)

John (born 29 December 1885 in Ballyboley)

Lizzie (born 2 May 1890 in Ballyboley)

Their mother, Lizzie Ann, died of heart disease on 26 February 1911 (aged 55).

David Shanks and Susan McMullan were married on 2 March 1904 in Mariner’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast.  David Shanks from Carmel Street, Belfast was a tram conductor.  Susan McMullan from Newtownbreda, Belfast was a daughter of Thomas McMullan, a labourer.

David and Susan Shanks (nee McMullan) had five children:

Lizzie (born 17 July 1904 at 13 Carmel Street, Belfast)

Annie (born 4 November 1907 at 13 Carmel Street, Belfast)

Margaret (born 31 March 1909 at 13 Carmel Street, Belfast)

Susan (born 29 June 1910 at 13 Carmel Street, Belfast)

Jeannie (born 23 January 1915 at 13 Carmel Street, Belfast)

David Shanks enlisted in Belfast in 1914 and he served at the Front with the 10th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 107th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Rifleman David Shanks (No. 13477) was 35 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and he has no known grave.

After the war his wife Susan lived at 215 Chambers Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Rifleman David Shanks (No. 13477) is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France and in Carrowdore Presbyterian Church.