David Iceton (1878-1916)
Lance Corporal with Yorkshire Regiment
David Iceton was born in Darlington in March 1878, the son of Thomas and Jane Iceton. He was also the cousin of John and James Harold Vincent Iceton who emigrated to Canada and served with the Canadian army during the war. At the time of the 1911 census, David was working as a crane driver, living in Bank Top, Darlington, with his wife, Jane, and three children, Thomas frederick, David Samuel, and Jane Elizabeth. Another daughter was born in 1912, Florence Margaret.
At some point, David Iceton joined the 7th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment. His medal card suggests that he did not go abroad until 1916 as he did not receive the 1915 Star. As part of 17th (Northern) Division, the battalion took part in the Battle of Albert, the opening action of the Battle of the Somme. Iceton was injured and died of his wounds on 3 July 1916, at the 64th (2/3rd West Lancashire) Field Ambulance. He is buried at Mericourt-L’Abbe Communal Cemetery extension, France.
Civil Parish: Darlington
Birth date: Mar-1878
Death date: 03-Jul-1916
Armed force/civilian: Army
Residence: Union Place, Bank Top, Darlington (1911 Census)
Pearson Street, Middlesbrough (Wife Jane Iceton’s address Commonwealth War Graves)
Employment: Stoker (1901 Census)
Crane Driver (1911 Census)
Family: Father: Thomas Iceton
Mother: Jane Elizabeth, nee Carlin
Wife: Jane Anne, nee Richardson
Children: Thomas Frederick (1904), David Samuel (1906), Jane Elizabeth (1910), Florence Margaret (1912)
20709 Private, 7th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment
Medal(s): British War Medal
Memorial(s): Darlington War Memorial Hospital
War Memorial, Robert Stephenson and Co. Ltd, Darlington
Darlington Roll of Honour
Contributed by L Sabourin | Durham County Record Office
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