Daniel David Donavan was born at Liverpool on the 26th April 1879 and was baptised at Our Lady of Reconciliation R.C. Church on the 1st May 1879.
 
He was the son of James and Ellen Donovan. Daniel had two older brothers, William and James, who were born in 1875 and 1876. Their mother's surname was given in Catholic baptismal registers as Curran, Connell and O'Connell.
 
In 1891 the Donovan family were living at 161 Brasenose Road, Bootle.
 
Daniel's mother had died by 1898 when his father re-married at St.Peter's C.of E. Church, Liverpool to Amelia Hooligan (nee Williams). Daniel was living with his father and step-mother at 48 Elstow Street, Kirkdale in 1901. He later became a merchant seaman and in 1903 was serving as a trimmer aboard Lake Champlain.
 
He was living at Liverpool when he enlisted in the army at  Liverpool.
 
His service records have not survived and his medal card suggests that he was posted to the front after January 1916.
 
He was killed in action in Belgium in October 1917. The cwgc gives his date of death as the 31st October but sdgw gives the date as the 21st October
 
His next-of-kin after the was was Mr J Donovan of 96 Millers Bridge, Bootle (cwgc headstone schedule). 96 Millers Bridge was the home of Daniel's brother, William Donavan.
 
William had married Priscilla Read at Our Lady & St.Nicholas' C.of E. Church, Liverpool in 1897 and was living at 92 Miller's Bridge in 1911. They later moved to 96 Miller's Bridge where Priscilla Donavan died in 1939, aged 39.