Smyth, David (No. 11171)

Smyth, David


No. 11171, 2nd Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers

Killed in action on Sunday 3 September 1916 (aged 22)


Delville Wood Cemetery, France (Grave XXIII. D. 3)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family grave headstone in Ballyphilip Roman Catholic Graveyard Portaferry

Brother of Private John Smyth (No. 5416)


In some records his surname is spelt Smith.

David Smyth was born on 2 October 1893 in Portaferry and he was a son of David and Isabella (Bella) Smyth (nee Markey) who were married on 2 May 1883 in Ballygalget Roman Catholic Church, Portaferry.  David Smyth (aged 21) from Portaferry was a son of James Smyth, a servant.  Bella Markey (aged 21) from Nun’s Bridge, Ballygalget was a daughter of Philip Markey, a bleacher.

David Smyth worked as a servant and labourer and he and Bella had at least five children:

Samuel (born 5 May 1884 in Portaferry)

Sarah Anne (born 23 April 1886 in Tullymally, Portaferry)

John (born 21 April 1889 in Portaferry)

David (born 2 October 1893 in Portaferry)

Mary Isabella (born 18 May 1897 in Portaferry)

David Smyth was baptised on 3 October 1893 in Portaferry Roman Catholic Church.

David Smyth was a grandson of James and Ann Smyth.

James Smyth died on 15 March 1902 (aged 68) and Ann Smyth died on 9 June 1917 (aged 83).

Brothers David and John Smyth moved to Scotland where they lived in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire and that is where they both enlisted.

John Smyth was the first of the two brothers to be killed in action.

In the Great War, Private David Smyth (No. 11171) served with the 2nd Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers and he was 22 when he was killed in action on 3 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.

Private David Smyth (No. 11171) was buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, France.

Private David Smyth (No. 11171) is commemorated on the family grave headstone in Ballyphilip Roman Catholic Graveyard Portaferry and there is an inscription on the headstone:

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