Private David O'Sullivan

Royal Marine Light Infantry - WWI


Service Number: CH / 21243

Royal Marine Light Infantry Regiment

Born:  14 Nov 1898, in  Ballynoe, Tallow, Waterford

Date of death:   April 23, 1918 - Age 20 - Zeebrugge, Belgium

Status: Killed or died as a result of enemy action





Buried in Flushing (Vlissingen) Northern Cemetery, The Netherlands I. 14.

"In loving remembrance from his loving mother brothers and sisters"


A word of explanation about David O'Sullivan's military career:

David, born on November 14, 1898, as the son of Denis and Margaret O'sullivan, of Glenreigh, Ballynol, Tallow, Co. Cork.

Joined the Royal Marine Light Infantry, Chatham Division, 4th Royal Marines Battalion on March 30, 1917 at age 19.


In April 1918 he was involved in a Royal Navy attack on the port of Zeebrugge. The plan was to sink three old ships just before the entrance to Zeebrugge and thus make the port unusable as a submarine base.


David was part of the Royal Marine Light Infantry Regiment on the HMS Hindustan. As the port approached, the wind changed direction and the smoke screen of the fleet went to sea. The Germans opened fire and panic hit the British fleet. The marines were in the wrong place without their heavy weapons and one of their blockade ships was already lost before the entrance to the harbour was only visible. The other two ships were sunk in the wrong place and the harbour was therefore unavailable for submarines only a few days before the Germans dug a canal around these sunken ships.


About 227 Britons died and 356 were injured, David O'Sullivan was one of