TALBOT, DAVID LAURENCE
Rank: Private Service No. 41941
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment 2nd Battalion 76th Brigade 3rd Division
Date of death 27 September 1918 Age 20
David Laurence Talbot was the son of James Talbot and Maud M. Talbot née Appleby. James was born c1860 in Peldon and Maud c1864 in Abberton. They were married at Peldon in 1888. The family lived at Hillside, near the Common. David was born in Peldon and baptised 13 November 1898.
David Laurence Talbot served as a Private with the Suffolk Regiment in the 2nd Battalion. 76th Brigade, 3rd Division. His service number was. 41941. Formerly he served with number 98048 in the R.F.A. He was aged 20 when killed in action: on the 27/09/1918.
His Medal card shows he originally joined the Northamptonshire Regiment with service number 19026 as a Private. He was later rebadged to fill gaps in the 2nd battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. He was also renumbered to 41941at that time. Other documents suggest he had also served in the Royal Field Artillery with number 98048.
"The 2nd Battalion in August 1914 were in Ireland as part of 14th Brigade, 5th Division. One of the first Divisions to move to France, the 3rd Division remained on the Western Front throughout the war. It took part in most of the major actions from the Battle of Mons onwards. On the 30 September 1914, they were transferred to GHQ after suffering heavy casualties. They were reassigned on the 25 October 1914 and were attached to 8th Brigade, 3rd Division. Later on the 22 October 1915 they were attached to 76th Brigade, 3rd Division."
He was killed in action on the opening day of the Battle of the Canal du Nord.
He earned the 1914-1920 War Medal: 1914-1919 Victory Medal
David was buried in the Commonwealth War Dead Grave Reference: G. 15. Cemetery: LOWRIE CEMETERY, HAVRINCOURT
and commemorated on Peldon War Memorial
Peldon War Memorial
From If You Shed a Tear by Edwin Sparrow Part 3
December 2020 adapted for web by Tony Millatt