It is not known when David enlisted with the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, nor which battalion he served with.
What is known is that David saw action in France in 1915. A letter was sent home to his parents informing them he was: “… slightly wounded in France and was admitted to the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital, 234 Great Portland Street West, London.” No further details are given about his wounds.
The hospital continues to this day, treating a range of neuro-musculoskeletal injuries, including spinal injury, bone tumour, orthopaedic medicine and specialist rehabilitation for chronic back pain sufferers. The hospital was founded in 1905 and during the First World War became an emergency hospital for the military and in early 1918 also housed discharged disabled soldiers. King George V and Queen Mary visited the hospital on two occasions.
A Medal Roll Index card exists for David showing him also serving with the Bedford and Herts Regiment. There ar no dates but this must have been after he had recovered from his wounds in London. While he was convalescing he may have been transferred to this Regiment.
David may have been sent to the Front again. His descendants were told he was injured in a mustard gas attack.