David Leighton Blyton

First Name: 
David
Middle Name: 
Leighton
Last Name: 
Blyton
Date of Birth: 
Tuesday, December 11, 1883
Mother's Name: 
Mary (nee Caldwell)
Father's Name: 
Charles Blyton
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, July 3, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Lance Corporal
Unit: 
18th Battalion
Company: 
D Company
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Wednesday, February 14, 1917
Place of Death: 
France
Cause of Death: 
Died of wounds received
Details: 

David Blyton (Service No 2038) was a single 31 year old labourer living at Helensburgh when he enlisted. He embarked on HMAT A54 Runic on 9th August 1915 with 3rd Reinforcements, 10th Battalion. After arriving in Egypt he was sent to Gallipoli, arriving there on 29th September. He was not there long as he was evacuated to hospital sick on 4th October. After Gallipoli David went to France, arriving on 25th March 1916 and was engaged in combat with D Company, 18th Battalion.

He was wounded in action during the Somme battles and was admitted to hospital in England for treatment of gun shot wounds to his chest and hand but returned to his unit on 13th November 1916 where he was promoted to Lance Corporal on 10th January 1917. On 13th February 1917 David was again wounded in action and taken to the 45th Casualty Clearing Station for treatment of gun shot wounds to his back. Unfortunately he died from these wounds the next day.

David is buried in Dernacourt Communal Cemetery Extension Plot V, Row B, Grave 12.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BLYTON D L

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