Born in 1887 in Great Munden son of Lewis and Mary Oakley. He had one sister Clara and three brothers. In 1901 he was living in White Davis Lane, Furneux Pelham where both he and his father were farm labourers. The 1911 census shows David having joined the Bedfordshire Regiment living at the Maida Barracks, Aldershot. He was the husband of Linda Rose Oakley, of 17 Farquhar Street, Bengeo, Hertford.