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Forename(s): Frank

Place of Birth: Litherskew (Hawes), Yorkshire

Service No: ---

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Regiment / Corps / Service: York and Lancaster Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 12th (Service) Battalion. (Sheffield)

Division: 31st Division

Age: 23

Date of Death: 1916-07-01

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: C. 20.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: ASKRIGG, YORKSHIRE


Local War Memorial: HARDRAW, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Frank Dinsdale was the son of James and Sarah Dinsdale, née Thornborrow. James was born at Sedbusk, Yorkshire and Sarah at Brough, Westmorland.

1901 Litherskew near Hawes, Yorkshire Census: Frank Dinsdale, aged 8 years, born High Abbotside, Yorkshire, son of James and Sarah Dinsdale.

1911 Carperby, Yorkshire Census: Frank Dinsdale, aged 18 years, born Hawes, Yorkshire. [Frank was employed by James Close, Farmer.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: 2/Lieut Frank Dinsdale, York & Lanc. R. Theatre of War first served in: France. Deceased. Missing 1.7.16. Correspondence: Address [1] Beardiville, Cloyfin, Co. Londonderry. Address [2] (Medals to Brother) H. Dinsdale Esq. Show Cote, Askrigg, Yorks.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: 2 Lieut F. Dinsdale. Missing 1.7.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: 2 Lt F. Dinsdale 12 York & Lancs. Date and Place of Death: On or since 1.7.16. To whom issued/Amount: Brother and Residuary Legatee - Harry Dinsdale Esq. £35 5s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) for Frank not found.

Frank was killed in action during the Battles of the Somme, 1916, 1 July-18 November, at the Battle of Albert, 1916, 1-13 July.

A short biography of Frank is included in: ‘Wensleydale Remembered – The Sacrifice made by the Families of a Northern Dale 1914-1918 and 1939-1945’ by Keith Taylor (2004).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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2nd Lieutenant Frank DINSDALE

2nd Lieutenant Frank DINSDALE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: York and Lancaster Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: York and Lancaster Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 31st Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 31st Division

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Forename(s): Frank





Rank: 2/Lt

Regiment: York and Lancaster Regiment

Battalion: 12th Battalion


Died Date: 01/07/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War:


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Forename(s): F

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number:

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Regiment: York and Lancaster Regiment

Unit: 12th Bn.



Died Date: 01/07/1916

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14 July 1916


Second-Lieutenant Frank Dinsdale, Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment, has been missing since July 1st. Lieut. Dinsdale is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Dinsdale, Show Cote near Askrigg, and was a member of the Garforth College O.T.C. when the war broke out.

13 April 1917


Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Dinsdale, Show Cote, Askrigg, have received official notification that their son, Second-Lieutenant Frank Dinsdale, Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment, who was reported wounded and missing on July 1st 1916, is now presumed killed. No further information has been received by his family, other than the statement from his commanding officer that the unfortunate young officer was seen to fall whilst gallantly leading his men into action. The men nearest him would have stayed to help him, but with heroic courage he refused their help, telling them to leave him and go forward. Search parties were sent out and full enquiries have been made, but no trace of him has been found, and it was later reported that he had passed through none of the dressing stations in France.

Lieut. Dinsdale received his commission from the Leeds University O.T.C. in September 1915, and went out to France in June 1916. He was a great favourite with both his brother officers and the men of his battalion, and several of them have spoken in high terms of his splendid gallantry. The Vice Chancellor of Leeds University has also testified to the high esteem in which he was held by his college chums, and in every way he proved a credit to the University. Lieut. Dinsdale volunteered for service early in the war, and though his family mourn the loss of a splendid son and brother, yet there will ever live with them the noble sentiments he expressed when on his last leave, viz., that if he was called to yield his life, they must not lament, but rather feel proud that it was for his country and his King that he had died.

20 April 1917


We give a photograph of the late Second-Lieutenant Frank Dinsdale, of the Yorks. and Lancs. Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Dinsdale, Shaw [sic] Cote, Askrigg, who, as reported in last week’s ‘Craven Herald,’ was reported wounded and missing on July 1st, 1916, and is now presumed to have been killed.

06 July 1917


A memorial service was held in the Parish Church, Hardraw, last Sunday evening in honour of the following soldiers from the parish who have fallen in the war:– Second-Lieutenant F. Dinsdale, Private W. Moore, and Private E. Staveley.

The church was crowded by people from all parts of the district. The service opened with the singing of the National Anthem, and the service for evensong was followed up to the first hymn, ‘Now the labourer’s task is o’er’. Then the Vicar, the Rev. C.W. Summerfield, read the special form of memorial service compiled by the Bishop of Richmond. After the singing of the hymn, ‘The Son of God goes forth to war’, the Vicar delivered a most earnest and inspiring sermon. The singing of the hymn ‘Abide with me’ closed the service.

04 July 1919



York and Lancs. Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Dinsdale, Show Cote, Askrigg, presumed killed in action July 1st, 1916.


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