Son of William Ring, born 1845, bricklayer's labourer, and Hannah nee Putt, born 1846, both of Wheatley. He was enumerated in the 1901 Census as born in Wheatley in 1884, thus 16 years of age and a general labourer, boarding at the house of William and Ada Goodlake in Blenheim, Wheatley, the family having moved to London. The 1911 Census shows him as already enlisted as a Private in the Royal Marine Light Infantry, with the Service No. CH/14294. He may have served in Belgium in 1914 and Gallipoli the following year. He was discharged as wounded on 11 August 1917, having earned the 1914-15 Star, Victory & British War Medals. In 1911 David married Mabel Eveline Pearce in Southwark. He died there in March 1930. See also references to him in the Wheatley in a World at War chapter.