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David Alexander Downing was born in Mount Egerton, Victoria was single and was employed as a Miner. He enlisted in Ballarat, Victoria at the age of 23. He volunteered and was stationed with the 6th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement later transferring to the 1st Pioneer Battalion with the Regimental number 2602. He was discharged and Returned to Australia on the 2nd of March 1919. Tree number 706.