Born in Glasgow, McFall studied at the Junior School of Arts and Crafts in Birmingham from 1931 to 1934, and at the Birmingham School of Art from 1934 to 1939. In 1939 he worked as an assistant to Eric Gill, before studying at the Royal College of Art in London from 1940 to 1941, and at the City and Guilds of London Art School from 1941 to 1945. He worked with Jacob Epstein from 1944 until 1958, returning to the City and Guilds School in Kennington to teach from 1956.
Notable works include The Bull Calf (Portland Stone), which was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and bought for the Tate in 1942 while the sculptor was still a student; Boy and Horse (Stone), which featured in the Dome of Discovery at the Festival of Britain; the black horse mural outside Blackhorse Road station; and a major statue of Winston Churchill.
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- "David Bernard McFall – CHRONOLOGY & LIST OF SOME PUBLIC WORKS". David McFall R.A. (1919–1988) Sculptor. Retrieved 2009-06-07.
- Ward-Jackson, Philip (2003). "David Bernard McFall (1919–88)". Public Sculpture of the City of London. Public Sculpture of Britain. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. pp. 469–470. ISBN 0-85323-977-0. Retrieved 2008-12-17.
- Porter, Laura. "Blackhorse Road". GoLondon. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
- David McFall R.A. (1919–1988) Tribute website