David Esplin

Military Information

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  • Rank: Sub Lieutenant
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  • Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Reserve
  • Unit/Ship: H.M.S. Pembroke
  • Place of Death: Yorkhill War Hospital, Glasgow
  • Age at Death: 31
  • Date of Death: 06.03.1916
  • Burial Country: Scotland
  • Cemetery: Glasgow Western Necropolis
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: R.213.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Address: 22 Airlie Place, Dundee
  • Occupation: Officer, Union Castle Line
  • Mother:

    Mary Esplin, (nee Gibson) 50 Dundrennan Rd, Langside, Glasgow

  • Father:

    David Esplin, 50 Dundrennan Rd, Langside, Glasgow

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More about David Esplin

David Esplin   Sub-Lieutenant Royal Navy Reserve

ESPLIN___At Yorkhill War Hospital, on the 6th March, Sub-Lieutenant, David Esplin, R.N.R., third son of the late David Esplin, saddler, Lochee, and of Mrs Esplin, 50 Dundrenman Road, Langside, Glasgow, aged 31 years.

Dundee People’s Journal 11th March 1916

David Esplin was the son of Mr David and Mrs Mary Esplin (nee Gibson) of 50 Dundrennan Road, Langside, Glasgow but was born and lived in Dundee. In 1914 his home address was 22 Airlie Place, Dundee. He was employed as an Officer in the Union Castle Line operating between South Africa and the UK. He volunteered to join the Royal Naval Reserve in September 1914 and, after a short spell at HMS Pembroke, the Naval Barracks at Chatham in Kent, he was appointed to HMS Lynn at the end of November. Formerly, the Lynn was the Great Western passenger ship Lynx, which had been converted into a fast Minesweeper and later sent out to the Eastern Mediterranean for the Dardanelles campaign. David Esplin left the Lynx in April 1915 and was appointed to the HMS Attentive, the base at Dover, for service in the Drifter Patrol. He died in the Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow in March 1916 and was buried in the Glasgow Western Necropolis, grave reference R213. He attended the Dundee Navigation School between 1910 and 1911, Student No 1757 and was awarded a Board of Trade Certificate in February 1911.

Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell.

Further information supplied by Iain Stewart and Iain Birnie

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