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
Pte 15618 David Charles Jardine
- Age: 22
- From: Liverpool
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
- Drowned Monday 14th January 1918
- Commemorated at: Cerisy-gailly Mil Cem
Panel Ref: II.A.7
David Charles Jardine was born on 05th May 1895 and baptised on 26th May 1895 at St Joseph’s Liverpool, the son Thomas Jardine and his wife Margaret (nee Murray) who were married 26th September 1879.
The 1901 Census finds the family living at 4 Chrysostom Street, Everton - Thomas and Margaret with children Margaret and Thomas William, John and David Charles. They were at the same address in 1911 with Margaret Mary, Thomas William, John and David Charles.
David’s service record shows that he enlisted on 31/8/1914 at St George's Hall in Liverpool joining the 17th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 15618. He gave his age as 19 & 120days, he was a clerk and was 5’4” tall weighed eyes and brown hair. He was billeted at Prescot Watch Factory from 14th September 1914, he trained there and also at Knowsley Hall. On 30th April 1915 the 17th Battalion alongside the other three Pals battalions left Liverpool via Prescot Station for further training at Belton Park, Grantham. They remained here until September 1915 when they reached Larkhill Camp on Salisbury Plain. The 17th Battalion arived in France on 7th November 1915.
Whilst in training his brother Thomas William died on 10th January 1915 aged 31. Further tragedy was to blight the family in the same year as his father died on 4th November 1915 aged 67.
David was attached to the 30th Div. Salvage Company when he drowned on the 14th January 1918 aged 22. There was an inquiry into the circumstances of his death and the report of witnesses is listed below:
No.839 Segt Fenwick 2nd Yorkshires states:
"On 13/1/18 Pte. Jardine was reported present to me at lights out by the orderly Sergeant. At 4.30am on 14-1-18 I was roused by Cpl.of Guard. At 5am I saw all men up. At 5.30 am Pte. Jones reported to me that there was a man in the river. I went to the river but saw no sign of any man in the river. I called the roll, Pte. Jardine was the only man absent. The men drew their water for washing from the river. The latrines are on the river bank. The morning was very dark. Pte. Jardine was a good and cheerful worker."
39635 L/Cpl. Dean T. 16th Manchester Regt states:
"About 5.30 am on 14th inst. I saw Pte. Jardine dressing in the same room as myself in our billet in CORBIE. I was passing the cookhouse about 5.45 am. when I heard a cry "there's a man in the water". I went to the river side - about 25 yards away - when a man struck a match, then I saw a body floating rapidly towards the mill race. The morning was very dark."
No.23914 Pte. Bowen F. 20th K.L.R. states:
"About 5.45 am. on the 14th inst. near our billet in CORBIE I was drawing water from the river. I heard a splash. I struck a match and saw a man struggling in the river. I tried to reach him but failed. He appeared to be swimming towards centre of river. I shouted "are you allright" but got no reply. Some one then gave me a torch, by its light I saw the body drifting towards the mill. I was stood by the urenal (sic) when I heard the splash about 5 yards up the river. I did not recognise the man in the water. He was fully dressed."
THE COURT having investigated the circumstances under which No. 15618 Pte. D. Jardine 17 K.L.R. attached to Slvage Coy. 30 Div. lost his life, make the following report.
Pte. JARDINE having dressed in his billet in CORBIE on morning of 14th inst, went either to wash or to the latrine, & in the darkness he walked into the river accidentally. He could swim, but the river current was strong & carried him under the bridge, where he was entangled with wire, & was thus drowned.
(s) R E Roberts Major President
E N Ashe Capt
J M Greer Capt
(s) G A Stevens B.G
cmdg.90th Inf. Bde.
David now rests at Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery. The Inscription on his headstone reads:
“THY WILL BE DONE R.I.P.”
He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals and served in France from 9/2/16 to 14/1/1918. His death was accidental drowning the court of enquiry 20/1/1918 stated that Private Jardine lost his life whilst on duty but was not to blame. This casualty should be reported as killed (Accidentally).
David’s brother John also served with the 7th Yorkshire Infantry 38777 Private was discharged 19/9/1917 and was pensioned wounded left leg and given the war badge and certificate. Shrapnel wounds, no longer fit for service.
David is commemorated on the family headstone at Yew Tree Cemetery in Liverpool.
His mother died on 05th September 1932.