Born : Dunloy.
Lived : Uddingston, Lanarkshire.
Enlisted : Hamilton, Lanarkshire.
As a youngster David attended school at Galdanagh, Dunloy, with his brothers and sisters. When he left school he went to Scotland and found work in the coal mines of Lanarkshire. Later he joined the Navy but when his mother found out about this she bought him out. He was a very fit young man and interested in sport and had taken up boxing. By the time he enlisted at Hamilton he had become a very competent boxer and at one time sparred with the British Champion, Billy Wells.