Booth, David

David Booth, Private 31881, 1st Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers
Killed in action 1st December 1917 in France, aged 30

 

EARLY LIFE

Husband of Martha J Booth, of 1 Townley St, Macclesfield, Cheshire.

 

WW1 SERVICE

David Booth enlisted in Macclesfield in May 1916, joining the Lancashire Fusiliers. After training, he was drafted out to France, but was invalided back to England in February 1917, suffering from frost-bite. After treatment he returned to France in July 1917.

Private Booth was killed in action on 1 December 1917, and his death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 4 January 1918:

A FUSILIER KILLED – SECOND SPELL OF SERVICE

Official notification has been received of the death in action in France of Pte David Booth, a well-known Macclesfield man. He enlisted in the Lancashire Fusiliers in May 1916 and went out to France for the second time in July, 1917, after having been invalided home with an attack of frostbite…

Further information was printed the following week:

A GOOD SOLDIER – SHRAPNEL IN THE JAW AND NECK

As briefly announced last week, official news has been received by Mrs Booth, 1 Townley St, Macclesfield, that her husband, Pte David Booth, Lancs Fusiliers, was killed in action in France on December 1st. Pte Booth was thirty years of age and a native of the town, his mother living in Higginbotham St. He was educated at Mill Street School and on leaving was employed in the goods department of the London and North Western Railway. Later he went to work at Old Trafford, from where he enlisted in the Lancashire Fusiliers in May, 1916. He was drafted out to France, but was invalided back to England in February 1917, suffering from frost-bite. After treatment he recovered and returned to France in July 1917. Private Booth was formerly connected with St John’s Sunday School and Church.

Second-Lieut. Heywood, writing to the widow, says: “Your husband was killed in the early morning if December 1st. At about half-past six the Bosche opened up a terrible bombardment on the portion of the line held by No 5 platoon, which lasted for an hour. It was during this that your husband was hit by a piece of shell. He was hit in the jaw and on the neck. We bandaged him up and rushed him on a stretcher to the dressing station, but he passed away before we could get him there. Your husband was in my platoon, and we were a very happy lot, going through a lot of hardships together, and I can assure you that the death of your husband is a personal loss to me… he was one of the best lads amongst us…

 A brother, Pte H Booth, is serving with the ASC in France.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private David Booth is buried in Grave Ref. VI. B. 22. of the Flesquieres Hill British Cemetery, France. His wife asked for the inscription “TOO DEARLY LOVED TO BE FORGOTTEN”  to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private David Booth, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, David Booth is commemorated on the Park GreenTown Hall, St Michael’s Church and St John’s Church war memorials.

 

NOTES

Brother of Pte H Booth, who served with the ASC in France.

 

SOURCES

Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times:
 4 and 11 January 1918, 23 Sept 1921 (photo supplement)

 


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