Stories of Remembrance

Army, First World War (1914-18)Lt. David Black,

David had to endure the hard times at Gallipoli although he pushed through.
Joshua Failla, St Monica's College, Epping

Lt. David Black was 21 years old when he took participation in the First World War. He’d had previous military service and his time in the 21st Battalion earned him the title of lieutenant. He was born in Ballarat in 1894 he took participation in the First World War on 21 January 1915 in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. The 21st Battalion was a part of the newly raised 2nd Australian Division. His division departed Australia aboard the HMAT Ulysses. They arrived at Egypt during June 1915. On this voyage his boat was attacked, torpedoed just off the Island of Stratae, at 9.50am on 2 September 1915. 30-40 people died. David had to endure the hard times at Gallipoli although he pushed through. One of the worst things that happened to David Black happened to him in France. While he was fighting he sustained a gunshot wound to his chest and leg. This consumed much of the Lieutenant’s time. This wound metastasized to the point where it killed David Black on 4 October 1917. This happened while his battalion was taking part in a 3km long march to capture Broodseinde Ridge. The news was broken to his next of kin, Evans, Agnes Elizabeth (sister); they were fairly close he would send her letters to touch base with their family wanting to know more about Uncle Jack, Fred and Hazle. He sent her a message after he was wounded regarding his possessions. Since he was a lieutenant his full pay was 21/- per day. 3/- went to the state 4/- went to his sister and a full 14/- went to him. He was looking to have a good time, and who could blame him, in his own words.

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