Vaughan David

David John Vaughan was born in Sneem, Kerry Ireland on 16th August 1873.

The Select Births and Baptism Records 1620-1911 on show that David John Vaughan’s parents were called Edward Vaughan and Johanna Vaughan, nee O Sullivan.

I cannot find a census return for the family in 1891 or 1901 but I have uncovered a census for 1911 on, showing that Johanna Vaughan (Head) age 48, Widow, living at House 9 Burgatia ( Rosscarby,Cork) and a District Nurse by trade had a son called Joseph age 12 a scholar.

Her older son David John Vaughan, had emigrated to Montreal, Canada on 3rd August 1906 aboard the S.S.Tunisian. ( Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935) on

Attestation Paper for Private 7494 david Vaughan from the Library of Canada

David enlisted into the Royal Canadian Regiment for General Service of three years on 30th November 1907 at Toronto. His medical papers describe him as being 31 years and 3 months old, 5ft 8ins tall with a medium complexion, brown eyes and brown hair tinged with grey.  He was in fact 34 years of age, born in 1873.

He was appointed Lance Corporal on 1st November 1908, Corporal on 1st November 1908, Sergeant on 28th June 1909 and having served three years was re-engaged on 24th November 1910 and transferred to the C.M.S.C. the Corps of Military Staff Clerks where he served until 30th November 1916 rising to the rank of Sergeant Major,(Warrant Officer). David was re-engaged with the C.M.S.C. from 30th November 1916 until he enlisted for the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1917.

He is shown on the 1911 census for Canada as living in Wolsley Barracks, Ontario, trade Soldier, born Aug 1873 in Ireland, and there are records of Infantry training dated 1907 and 1908 as well as a Certificate of Military Instruction stating that Corporal David John Vaughan attended the Royal School of Infantry at London, Ontario for a month in Nov-Dec 1908 and that he had qualified for the rank of Sergeant in the R.G.A. (Imperial Army)

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Attestation Papers for Private 2433407, David Vaughan from the Library of Canada.

David enlisted into the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force  at London, Ontario on 12th June 1917. He gave his mother Johanna Vaughan as next of kin, address, Rosscarberry, Cork, Ireland and his trade was given as Sergt. Major (Warrant Officer) C.M.S.C. and address as Wolseley Barracks, London, Ontario. His date of birth was incorrect as it is shown on the Service Papers as 16th August 1876 when in fact David was born in 1873. He stated that he had served for 8 years with the R.G.A. (Imperial Army) 3 years 8 months with the Royal Canadian Regiment and 6 years with the Corps of Military Staff Clerks.

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David Vaughan embarked for England aboard the S.S. Grampian and arrived in England on 23rd August 1917 when he was posted to Shorncliffe Army Camp. He embarked for France after being transferred to the C.F.C.B.D. the Canadian Forestry Corps Base Depot and remained there until 18th January 1919 when he was posted to Seaford Army Camp  and then on to Kinmel Army Camp on 22nd January 1919.

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Kinmel Park Camp was a segregation camp used to house Canadian Soldiers awaiting repatriation to Canada after the end of WW1. Unfortunately the conditions at that time were extremely harsh with a lack of every kind of commodity, the camp was overcrowded and the services were poor, there were shortages of clothing, food and blankets. As a result of this situation, a vast number of servicemen and women became ill and many succumbed to the Influenza Epidemic or complications associated with this infection. Sadly David contracted Bronchial Pneumonia,and was admitted to the Canadian General Hospital where he died on 14th March 1919.

David’s medals and decorations were sent to his brother Joseph Vaughan, H.M.S. Dauntless, Plymouth, England. The plaque and scrolls and memorial cross were sent to another brother, George Vaughan, Station Road, Brockhust, Dosport, England.

David was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

David John Vaughan is buried in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Bodelwyddan.

He is commemorated on the Virtual Canadian Memorial.


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