British War and Victory Medal, 2nd Lieut D. Kinnaird, 26th (3rd Tyneside Irish) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, Killed in Action on a night raid at Poelcapelle, 5th December 1917.
Officially impressed: “2. Lieut D. Kinnaird”
David Kinnaird was only 22 years old, the son or Mr and Mrs Andrew Kinnaird, of Garvald Grange, Prestonkirk, Haddington, East Lothian. His home was just west of Edinburgh and only a few miles north of Northumberland.
He is now buried in Plot I.E.1. Saint Martin Calvaire British Cemetery.
The record of the raid is recorded in Visiting the Fallen-Arras South by Peter Hughes reading:
“Two others, Second Lieutenant David Kinnaird and Second Lieutenant Geoffrey Laughton, also 26th Northumberland Fusiliers (3rd Tyneside Irish), were both killed during a trench raid that took place on the night of the 5th/6th December 1917 (Plots I.E. 1 and 2). Although a small party under 2nd Lieut Jenkins got into the trenches and found them empty, the remaining three groups came under heavy machine-gun fire, killing Kinnaird and Laughton, along with three other ranks, and wounding seven others.”
He seems to have been relatively fresh into the War, the Newcastle Journal of 21st June 1917 recording him as being made Temporary 2nd Lieutenants (attached) from a Cadet as of 30th May 1917.
He first entered into France on 5th December 1916 as Private 40468 with the Royal Scots before his commission.