CALVERT, David Hume
(Cir 1877-1916)


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1. OTTY, Sarah Ann

CALVERT, David Hume

  • Born: Cir 1877, New Herrington, Durham
  • Marriage (1): OTTY, Sarah Ann in Dec 1905 in Houghton Le Spring, Durham
  • Died: 3 Jul 1916, Somme, France aged about 39
  • Buried: 1916, Meaulte Military Cemetery, Albert, Somme, France

bullet  Death Notes:

Initials: D H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Northumberland Fusiliers
Unit Text: 21st (Tyneside Scottish) Bn.
Age: 39
Date of Death: 03/07/1916
Service No: 1380
Additional information: Son of the late James and Mary Calvert, of South Hetton; husband of Sarah Ann Calvert, of 12, Horney Terrace, Easington Lane, Hetton-le-Hole, Co. Durham.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: D. 33.
Meaulte was held by Commonwealth forces (and inhabited by three quarters of its civilian population) from 1915 to 26 March 1918, when it was evacuated after a rearguard fight by the 9th (Scottish) Division. It was recaptured by the 12th (Eastern) Division and tanks on 22 August 1918. The military cemetery was begun in December 1915, and used until February 1917. A few further burials were made after the recapture of the village and after the Armistice, graves (mainly of 1918) were brought in from the neighbouring battlefields and other burial grounds, including:- SANDPIT CEMETERY, MEAULTE, on the Albert-Bray road, a little East of the village. The Sandpit was a camp in January 1917, and it was retaken by the 7th Royal Sussex on the 22nd August 1918. The cemetery was made by the 12th Division. It contained the graves of 93 soldiers from the United Kingdom and one Canadian airman who fell on the 22nd - 29th August 1918. MEAULTE TRIANGLE CEMETERY, between a road junction and a light railway crossing on the Morlancourt road. It was made by the III Corps Heavy Artillery and the 12th Division, and it contained the graves of 36 soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell on the 23rd - 25th August 1918. The cemetery also contains an unknown soldier from MEAULTE CHURCHYARD, brought in 1936. Meaulte Military Cemetery contains 312 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 21 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials (three of which are in Row E) are erected to eleven casualties believed to be buried among them. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Census, 1911, 112 Brickgarth, Easington Lane, Houghton Le Hole, Durham.

Occupation: Miner Coal Hewer, 1911.


David married Sarah Ann OTTY, daughter of William OTTY and Mary FORSTER, in Dec 1905 in Houghton Le Spring, Durham. (Sarah Ann OTTY was born in Dec 1877 in Hetton Le Hole, Durham and died on 29 Mar 1949.)

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