David Palmer was the eldest child of son of David and Mary Palmer. He was born 27th September 1892 in near Tamlaght-o-Crilly, Drumagarner, Kilrea. David was a member of Tandragee Presbyterian Church and a former pupil of Tandragee National School. He attended Hughes Academy in Dublin. He joined the Metropolitan Police Office in Dublin and then the Irish Land Commission. David Adams Palmer served with the South Irish Horse and then the Tank Corps. He won a Military Cross. In March 1918, Captain David Adams Palmer received a gunshot wound the to the right shoulder fired from a German aircraft near Morchies. Captain David Adams Palmer died of his wounds three days later on Monday 25th March 1918.