David Samuel Trundle


David Samuel Trundle


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
33rd Bn.


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XX. D. 13A.

UK Memorials

Much Hadham Village Memorial
St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Much Hadham
Stone Bench Plaque, Much Hadham
Congregational Church Memorial, Hadham Cross
Not on the Little Hadham memorials

Pre War

Born on 26 Oct 1891 and baptised 29 Nov 1891 in Pig’s Green, Little Hadham son of David and Sarah Elizabeth (Tew) Trundle later of Whiprow, Much Hadham and later of Perry Green. In 1911 he was living in the Pest House, Green Hill, Much Hadham. He was a farm labourer. Aged 21 he left from London on 22 Aug 1912 by boat for Sydney, Australia arriving on 5 Oct 1912 intending to settle there. His uncle William was already in New South Wales. David worked as a cowman.

Wartime Service

Enlisted on 17 Oct 1916 in Rutherford, NSW, Australia. During December 1916, he was admitted to a Field Hospital, where he spent two weeks with measles. He embarked at Sydney on 24 Jan 1917, arrived in Devonport on 27 Mar 1917 and in April spent four days at his old home in Much Hadham. David was posted to France on 22nd August 1917 and entered France on 24 Aug 1917. He arrived at the front at Rouelles on 31 Aug 1917, marching to the front line on September 2nd. He suffered gunshot wounds to the abdomen on 3 Oct and died the following day in the 10th Casualty Clearing Station in Lijssenthoek. Extracts from a letter sent by the Lieutenant Colonel of his Regiment: "Your gallant son was wounded (shot in the abdomen) near Zonnenbeke on October 3rd and died the following day at the 10th Casualty Clearing Station. Inaction he was courageous, cool and determined."


Malcolm Lennox, “Lest We Forget – Much Hadham 1914-18” by Richard Maddams (Much Hadham Forge Museum)