No.2680 Private David Warwick
David Warwick was born at Annan in Scotland in 1892. I could not find his family in the Census records, but his mother was recorded as a Mrs Jessie Teasdale.
I have not been able to find how David Warwick migrated to Australia. He does appear in the Victorian Electoral Rolls between 1914 and 1919, where he is recorded as living on Duncan's Road Werribee, and working there as a ploughman.
David Warwick enlisted in the A.I.F. at Melbourne on 14 June 1915. After completing his initial training at Seymour on 24 June 1915, he was appointed to the 8th Reinforcements for the 7th Battalion.
On 26 August 1915, Private David Warwick embarked at Melbourne per HMAT A68 Anchises with 8th Reinforcements for the 7th Infantry Battalion.
After travelling to Egypt, he joined the 7th Battalion at Sarpi Camp at Lemnos on 20 November 1915. He was one of 115 reinforcements who arrived on that day.
On 25 November 1915, the 7th Battalion embarked per S.S. El-Kahid, and sailed to Anzac Cove. They arrived on the following day, and bivouacked in Shrapnel Gully.
The Battalion were employed on fatigue duty until 11 December 1915, when they took over the trenches at Silt Spur. They remained in the lines until the withdrawal from Anzac on 20 December. They had left six rifles behind, with automatic attachments, that would discharge at intervals up to 30 minutes, after they had departed.
All men were evacuated safely, and they disembarked at Lemnos on 20 December 1915, where they went into camp. Here they continued training until 2 January 1916, when they embarked per H.M.T.S. Empress of Britain, and sailed to Alexandria.
The 7th Battalion went into camp at Tel el Kebir, where they continued training under the command of Lt. Col. H.E. "Pompey" Elliott.
After three month of training, the Battalion embarked at Alexandria on 26 March 1916, per H.M.A.T. Magantic, to join the B.E.F. in France. They disembarked at Marseilles, France, on 31 March 1916, and went to billets in the La Chreche area.
The Battalions first major action was at Pozieres in the Somme Valley in July-August 1916.
On 30 October 1916, Private Warwick was Mentioned in Despatches for participating in a very successful raid on the enemy's Switch and Gap trenches.
Private Warwick was detached to No.3 Coy A.A.S.C., from the 7th Battalion on 12 July 1917. He then rejoined his unit on 4 August 1917.
On 27 May 1918, Private Warwick was appointed as a Driver, after a vacancy had become available.
The 7th Battalion fought in the Battle at Menin Road on 20 September 1917, and at Broodseinde on 4 October 1917.
On 3 July 1918, the battalion were part of the Advance against the German troops, when Driver Warwick was admitted to hospital – sick. He was able to rejoin his Battalion by 13 July 1918, and they continued operations on the western front until late September 1918.
Driver Warwick marched out from his unit in France on 25 January 1919, to begin his return home. On 28 March 1919, he embarked at Southampton for Australia, per City of Poone.
He disembarked at Melbourne on 14 May 1919, and was discharged from the A.I.F. at Melbourne on 6 July 1919.
David Warwick married Brice Emma Harris in Victoria in 1920.* Her name was recorded as Emma Brice Harris in the Great War Index 1914-1920. (Certificate No.1920/9350)
The Victorian Electoral Rolls for 1922 record David Warwick as living at 83 Alexander Street, Footscray, and he was employed as a Driver. With him was Emma Beatrice Warwick, H.D.
In 1924, they were both living at 14 Victoria Street Footscray, when his war service medals were delivered to him. He was still working as a Driver.
They had moved to 9 Barkly Street, Footscray in 1927, and were at 62 Raleigh Street Footscray in 1931. 1936 saw them at 3 Morven Street Yarraville in 1936 and in 1949 they were at 48 Pilgrim Street, Footscray South.
The couple had retired to 10 Marnoo Street Sunshine in 1963, and David was recorded as a pensioner.
A David Warwick died at Sunshine on 22 June 1978, aged 85.**
His mother was recorded as Jessie Teasdale, which matches his WW1 Service Record N.O.K.***
Medals and Entitlements:
- 1914/1915 Star - No.14283
- British War Medal - No.18335
- Victory Medal - No.18205
- Mention in Despatches
Name on the Werribee Shire Oak Board: WARWICK, D.
The name “Warwick, D. from Laverton” first appeared in the Roll of Honor, Werribee Shire Banner, 29 July 1915, p.3.
* ancestry.com.au – Australian Marriage Index of 1788-1950
** Death Date - http://www.gmct.com.au/deceased-search/
*** ancestry.com.au – Australian Death Index, 1787-1985
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