David Mitchell King

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment: March 1915
  • Place of enlistment:
  • Service no: SptS/1555
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Fusiliers
  • Unit/Ship: 23rd Battalion
  • Place of Death: Dundee War Hospital
  • Age at Death: 19
  • Date of Death: 26.03.1917
  • Burial Country: Scotland
  • Cemetery: Dundee Eastern Necropolis
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: AA.6.786.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Address: Lynnewood Pl, Dundee
  • Occupation: Dundee Corporation
  • Mother:

    Jane Smith King, 4 Lynnewood Pl, Dundee

  • Father:

    James King, 4 Lynnewood Pl, Dundee

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:
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More about David Mitchell King

When war broke out Private King volunteered for coastguard duty as a Boy Scout. In 1915 he enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers (Sportsman’s Battalion) at the age of sixteen. For a year he was in France, but returning home he became ill and had to be treated at the War Hospital, where he died.

David M. King   SPTS/1555   Royal Fusiliers


The death occurred to-day of Private David M. King, youngest son of Mr James King, Maryfield Dundee.  Private King, who was in his 19th year enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers in March, 1915, and six months later went to France.  He was allowed home on leave in January last, and during his furlough he was laid aside with illness, and had to be treated at the War Hospital.  His elder brother, Private John King, is serving with the R.A.M.C.

Dundee Evening Telegraph 26th March 1917


Many Dundee friends will regret to learn of the death of Private David M. King, Royal Fusiliers.  Private King, who was a son Mr James King, Maryfield, was before the war employed with the Dundee Corporation, and after the war broke out was on Coastguard duty with the Boy Scouts for a period.  He enlisted in March 1915, and went to the front in November of the same year.  Deceased returned to Dundee on furlough on 25th January, and was taken ill while on leave.  He was admitted to the Dundee War Hospital, where he died on Monday.  Deceased was only 19 years of age.

Dundee People’s Journal 31st March 1917

Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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