1st Battalion, Canterbury Regiment (New Zealand Army)
11/01/1918 (Killed in Action)
David Crooks Mitchell was the son of David and Annie Mitchell. They were married about 1881. David was born in County Tyrone about 1892. The family lived in Dunmore, Lissan. They were farmers. David Mitchell emigrated to New Zealand. Before enlisting, David was working as a farm labourer. He enlisted with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Private David Crooks Mitchell embarked on 13 August 1917 with the 29th Reinforcements F Company from Wellington, New Zealand bound for Glasgow. Private David Crooks Mitchell was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Canterbury Infantry Regiment when he was killed in action in France on 11 January 1918. He was 26 years old.
The New Zealand Memorial to the Missing is located within Buttes New British Cemetery, which is 8 Kms east of Ieper town centre, on the Lange Dreve, a road leading from the Meenseweg (N8) connecting Ieper to Menen. From Ieper town centre the Meenseweg is located via Torhoutstraat and right onto Basculestraat. Basculestraat ends at a main crossroads directly over which begins the Meenseweg. 4.5 Kms along the Meenseweg lies the left hand turning onto Oude Kortrijkstraat. 2 Kms along the Oude Kortrijkstraat the road crosses the A19 motorway. Immediately after this bridge is the left hand turning onto the Lotegatstraat, which borders Polygon Wood. 800 metres along the Lotegatstraat is the right hand turning onto Lange Dreve. The Cemetery is located 1 Km along the Lange Dreve on the right hand side of the road.