According to his attestation papers dated September 6, 1916 at Toronto, David William Redding of 94 Montgomery Avenue, Toronto was born on June 8, 1895 in Birmingham, England. He listed his mother, Mrs. Lilliam Redding, Mimico Avenue, Mimico, as his next of kin. He listed his occupation as driver and was a member of 12th York Rangers. He was 21 years and 3 months of age and stood 5 feet 7 inches in height. He had blue eyes, brown hair and a medium complexion. He was a Methodist.
In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as living with William Redding, bricklayer, on the east side of George Street. His occupation was listed as paper maker.