Name: David James Lacey Gaston

 

Birth Date: 1883 Where: South Australia
Died: 3 May, 1917 Where: Bullecourt, France
Place of Enlistment: Blackboy Hill Age: 32
Serial Number: 1709 Battalion: 28th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Lance Corporal

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal,

 

Photograph Gaston

Service Details:

 

 

25 February

1915                      Blackboy Hill Training camp

9 June

1915                      Embarked from Fremantle

August

1915                      Embarked Egypt

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July – 27 Aug.

1916                      Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

4 August

1916                      Pozieres

6 September

1916                      Belgium

October

1916                      Ypres and Dernacourt

3 November

1916                      Battle of Ancres Heights & Fricourt

Febuary

1917                      Warlencourt

March

1917                      Attack on Malt Trench

29 March

1917                      Appointed L/Corporal

3 May

1917                      Killed, Battle of Bullecourt (Hindenburg Line)

 

 

 

 

Biographical Details:

David James Lacey Gaston was born in Gawler, South Australia, in 1884, to parents George Gaston and Ann Lawson. He had two brothers and three sisters. His family arrived in Fremantle, via ship, in June 1901 and settled in Kalgoorlie where David was employed as a sleeper cutter.
David Enlisted with the 2nd Reinforcement of the 28th Battalion on 14th June 1915.  He had a younger brother, Sidney, who enlisted in the 1st Battalion, Wellington Regiment and who was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
After training at Blackboy Hill Training Camp and Egypt, David was taken on strength at Gallipoli in October 1915. For the June 1916 Trench Raid David was designated as a Spare Man. David is No. 9 in the Black ANZACs’ group photograph.
Soon after returning from special leave in London David was charged with being Absent Without Leave, found guilty and given 48 hrs Field Punishment.
In August, David was wounded in the right arm at Bonneville and was transferred to England for treatment.  He rejoined his Battalion in November.
In March 1917 David was promoted L/Corporal. Two months later he took part in action at Malt Trench and Lagnicourt.  He was killed at Bullecourt in May 1917 and was buried the next day.  Unfortunately the site was not recorded.  David’s name appears on a wall at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France.
David was not married and his father, as Next Of Kin, received a pension. He died in 1920 and David’s mother was presented with David’s service medals and the Memorial Scroll and Plaque. She also received his surviving effects: Photos, addressed envelope, testament, brush, pr. Mittens, Arabic book, Scissors.