David Aitken Lumsden

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
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  • Service no: N/A
  • Rank: Captain
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  • Regiment/Service: King's Liverpool Regiment
  • Unit/Ship: 4th Battalion
  • Place of Death: Belgium
  • Age at Death: 27
  • Date of Death: 01.05.1915
  • Burial Country: Belgium
  • Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 4 & 6

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 29.12.1887
  • Place of Birth: 'Broomknowe' Broughty Ferry
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  • Mother:

    Kate Lumsden, “Dalreoch” Blackness Rd, Dundee

  • Father:

    David Lumsden “Dalreoch” Blackness Rd, Dundee

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More about David Aitken Lumsden

David has no known grave but is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial and is also remembered on a family gravemarker in Barnhill Cemetery, Broughty Ferry. He was a former pupil of Grove Academy, Broughty Ferry and is remembered on the schools war memorial.

David Aitken Lumsden   4th Bn The Kings Liverpool Regiment


His Majesty has sent the following telegram to Mr David Lumsden, Dalreoch, regarding the death of his son, Captain D. A. Lumsden, at the front on 1st May :–

“The King and Queen deeply regret the loss you and the army have sustained by the death of your son in the service of his country.  Their Majesties truly sympathise with you in your sorrow.”

Captain and Adjutant R. C. R. Jones, of the 4th Battalion “The King’s” (Liverpool Regiment), Sirhind Brigade, Lahore Division, British Expeditionary Force, 3d May, 1915, writes to Mr Lumsden as follows :–

“Dear Sir,–l am writing to express on my own behalf and that of my brother officers our deepest sympathy with you and yours in the death of your son, Captain D. A. Lumsden, who has been killed in action on Saturday, 1st inst., in the fighting in which the battalion took part—he was shot through the head and killed instantly while gallantly leading his men, and his death is a great loss to the battalion, as in him we have lost a good officer and a very popular comrade.  The fighting took place north of Ypres, where we have been engaged for the last week or so in very severe fighting, and I am very sorry to say the battalion, like many others, suffered severely.  He was buried after the fight at a farm where the doctor worked tending the wounded, in the vicinity of a village called St Jean.  His personal belongings will be sent home at the first available opportunity.

“It will be a comfort to you to know that he had no suffering, and that he did his duty nobly and behaved in a most gallant way throughout the fighting for the good of his country, and we shall one and all miss him in every way.

Dundee Courier 14th May 1915

Information supplied by Gary Thomson, Additional information kindly supplied by Michael caldwell

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