David Arthur Carmichael was born in Greenock on 5th June 1890, one of seven children of Nina Jane Isabella Carmichael (nee Arthur) and Thomas Carmichael, a shipowner underwriter. Carmichael, an architect’s apprentice, attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1909 to 1914 as a student of architecture and was taught by Professor Bourdon and Professor McGibbon.
David Arthur Carmichael was articled to Salmon, Son & Gillespie from 1908 to 1912 and studied at Glasgow School of Architecture from 1909 to 1913. Between 1912 and 1914 he worked as draughtsman to James McKissack (practising as John McKissack & Son), the West of Scotland Sanitary Association, James Miller, and John Gaff Gillespie (whose partnership with Salmon had by then been dissolved), and he spent his summers during these early years undertaking sketching tours of Scotland. He was admitted ARIBA in early 1915, his proposers being Miller, James Salmon and Gillespie, who wrote in his supporting statement: 'I know that in his office work Mr Carmichael showed marked ability'. At the time of his admittance he was serving as a Private in the armed forces, presumably with the 7th Royal Fusiliers at Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, as his declaration accepting his Associateship was witnessed by the 2nd Lieutenant of that regiment. He gave his permanent address as Netherton, Greenock.
LIEUTENANT DAVID ARTHUR CARMICHAEL, The Royal Fusiliers (attached 25th Battalion Machine Gun Corps), was born in June 1890 and was at Loretto 1905–08. In 1914 he enlisted and was employed on the outer defences of London. Later, commissioned in a Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, he served 6 months at home, then went to the Macedonian front where he served nearly 2 years with the 3rd Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Transferring to the Machine Gun Corps. he came home, went through the School of Instruction and joined the 25th Battalion Machine Gun Corps in France on April 3rd 1918. He was reported missing after the fight at Croix du Bac (Armentières) on April 10th 1918 and later reported killed on that date.
Remembered at Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium. Panels 28 to 30 and 162 to 162A and 163A.