David Roy Asimus
Serial No. 2986
1st Light Horse Regiment
David Roy Asimus - Information
David Roy was a son of David Paul and Eliza Margaret Asimus. Born in Canley Vale c1897, he grew up in Elderslie with his many siblings. Here, David served in the cadets and militia, and began working as a farm hand. When he was 19 years old, he decided to join the conflict. He enlisted at the Royal Showground Camp in Sydney on the 4th of July 1916. David was posted as a Trooper with the 1st Light Horse Regiment, and was sent overseas on the 25th of November 1916 from Sydney, onboard the HMAT Katuna. Before he left, his parents threw him a surprise going away party on their property in September. There was songs and music with violins and pianoforte, and friends and family wishing him good luck and a safe return.
David arrived in Suez, Egypt in early January 1917, and was marched out to an Isolation Camp in Moascar. A few weeks later, he joined the 1st Regiment. At the time, the Light Horse was chasing the Turks from the Sinai Desert into Palestine. In early February, the 1st Regiment attacked Turkish outposts in Rafa. In April, they participated in operations during the Second Battle of Gaza, a well positioned citadel acting as a forward base. In August, David attended a School of Instruction in Zeitoun. Gaza was then seized in November, following the Light Horse charge at Beersheba. In 1918, operations shifted into the Jordan Valley, where David began suffering with malaria, while he fought at Amman and Es Salt. In July, he was admitted for treatment to Gaza, and later to Port Said Rest Camp in August. Turkish Forces surrendered on the 30th of October. David remained with his unit, and in mid December attended an Agricultural School in Jaffa.
In March 1919, David left Kantara bound for Australia. He soon returned to his civilian life and family in Elderslie. Shortly, he met and fell in love with Edina Doreen Funnell. David and Edina married in Camden in 1923.