1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
L/Cp 32193 David Allister (MM)
- Age: 20
- From: Liverpool
- Regiment: 8 E LANCS REGT
- Died on Saturday 22nd September 1917
- Commemorated at: Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel Ref: P77-79 163A
The Census of 1901 finds the family living at 1 Moville Street. David is 4, Thomas is 3 and their new born sister Florence is just days old.
The 1911 Census shows the family of 9 are now living at 10 Briarwood Road, Aigburth.
At the time of enlisting he lived at 16 Lugard Road, Aigburth.He enlisted in Liverpool originally joining the 17th Battalion of the King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 22910. He transferred to 8th Bn of the East Lancashire Regiment reaching the rank of Lance Corporal. His service number was then 32193. David was killed in action on 22/09/1917, aged 20, his body was not found and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
This came just seven weeks after the family suffered the loss of his brother Thomas. He was a Pal, serving as Private No 202908 in the 18th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment, when he was killed in action during the opening stages of the Battle of Passchendaele on 31/07/1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, Belgium.
ALLISTER, David. (M.M.)
David's Military Medal was not shown at Tyne Cot but was gazetted 18/7/17 on page 7275 of London Gazette (no citation) but, following representations to CWGC, the inscription was added at Tyne Cot in 1999.
David is commemorated on the Memorial at St Anne's Church, Aigburth.
In reporting his death the parish magazine stated that his Military Medal had been won for holding a trench single-handed with a Lewis gun. He had attended St Anne’s School.
Grateful thanks are extended to Dick Daglish for the details contained in the biography.