David Dacey was born in 1880 in Brecon, the son of Cornelius and Ann Dacey, living at 4, Honddu View, Kensington. By 1901 he is married to Alma and they have one son, also David, born in 1900. The young family are living at 2, Avenue Court with his parents. His occupation was plasterer and mason and he worked for John Griffiths of Brecon. By 1911 he had moved to 10, Maendu Street with his wife and 6 children.
He volunteered to join the Brecknocks, Territorial Force of the South Wales Borderers, on January 1st 1915, and on enlisting, he was stationed at Bedford where he was appointed lance corporal on September 20th 1915. He transferred to the Monmouthshire Regiment on July 30th 1916 and embarked for France, where he remained until a period of leave in October 1917, before returning to the French trenches. David saw action in Ypres, Arras, Bapaume, Poperinghe and Hazebroucke.
In a letter to the family on April 29th, Chaplain Hunkin advised that he had recently been in heavy fighting, where his regiment suffered heavy losses but David came out untouched. However, on the night of April 24th, he died suddenly in camp from an internal haemorrhage.
He left a widow and nine children, living at 10, Maendu Street. David was well known in town as a former rugby player and a member of the Ancient Order of Buffaloes. A memorial service was held in the Mission Church in Brecon.
Private David Dacey
Monmouthshire Regiment. 1st/ 2nd Battalion, service no.