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L/Cpl 27377 David William Vaughan

  • Age: 26
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
  • K.I.A Thursday 20th September 1917
  • Commemorated at: Tyne Cot Memorial
    Panel Ref: Panel 31-34

David William Vaughan was born in 1891 in Liverpool the son of Mary Catherine Vaughan, of  150 Granton Rd, Liverpool, and the late Thomas Henry Vaughan. 

The 1901 Census shows the family living at 123 Robson Street, Liverpool.  

The father Thomas Henry is aged 39, born 1862 and occupation engine driver and was born in Denbighshire. His wife Mary Catherine is aged 37, born 1864 no occupation and was born in Bangor. At the time of the Census they have five children, Gladys aged 11, born 1890, David William aged 9, born 1892, Howell aged 7, born 1894, Alice aged 4, born 1897 and Stanley aged 2, born 1899. They also have their sister in law Mary Fletcher aged  41, born 1860 a charwoman and her two children Elizabeth aged 17, born 1884a dressmaker and George aged 15, born 1886 an apprentice tinsmith.  

He was serving in the 19th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Lance-Corporal No 27377 when he was killed in action on the 20th September, 1917 aged 26, during The Third Battle of Ypres.

The details of the attack in which David was killed were recorded in the Battalion diary:

19th September 1917 – In support in Denys Wood.  Battalion relieved 17th KLR in front line. Relief complete about 11 p.m.   

20th September 1917 – A raid was carried out by a party of the battalion of 25 OR under Capt. C. Laird, just before 6 a.m. on The Twins. Enemy machine gun fire, however, proved too much for them, although several attempts were made to reach the objective.  Capt. C. Laird was killed in the operation, also 6 OR, and 14 OR were wounded.

Graham Maddocks in “Liverpool Pals”, p.178, explains:  “The remainder of September was fairly uneventful for the rest of the Pals Battalions, except for two trench raids made by the 19th Battalion on 20 September 1917, which, elsewhere on the Salient, was the opening day of the phase of the offensive later referred to as the Battle of the Menin Road. These raids were made for two purposes. The first was an attempt to confuse the enemy as to the intensity and direction of the main attack, and the second was to try to capture two blockhouses known as ‘The Twins’, which commanded the 19th Battalion’s trench front, and thus was able to dominate all its movement. The raiding party, consisting of Captain C. Laird, and twenty-five other ranks left the British front line at 6.00 a.m. and moved into No Man’s Land. However, it was soon spotted, and machine guns opened fire from the blockhouses. Despite a most determined effort to carry the objectives, the situation was hopeless from the start, and Laird and six other ranks were killed and fourteen more soldiers were wounded.”

David's body was not recovered from the battlefield. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

 

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