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Forename(s): John

Place of Birth: Hawes, Yorkshire

Service No: 36063

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 8th (Service) Battalion

Division: 23rd Division

Age: 24

Date of Death: 1917-09-28

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 52 to 54.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: GAYLE, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: HAWES, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

John Dinsdale was the son of William and Ann Dinsdale, née Taylor. Both parents were born at Hawes, Yorkshire.

1901 Burtersett, Yorkshire Census: John Dinsdale, aged 8 years, born Hawes, Yorkshire, son of William and Ann Dinsdale.

1911 Gayle, Yorkshire Census: Garris - John Dinsdale, aged 18 years, born Hawes, son of William and Ann Dinsdale.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John Dinsdale, 4143, York. R.; 36063, York. R. Dead.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte John Dinsdale, 4143, 5/York. R.; 36063, 2/York. R.; 6/York. R.; 8/York. R. Dead.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte John Dinsdale, 36063, 8th Bn Yorks. Date and Place of Death: 28.9.17. France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - William. £8 5s. 6d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for John. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mrs Ann Dinsdale. Relationship: Mother. Address: The Garris, Gayle, Hawes, Yorks.

A short biography of John 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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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

DINSDALE, John, aged 24, Yorkshire Regiment, Gayle Lane, [Hawes], killed in action 1917.


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Private John DINSDALE

Private John DINSDALE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 23rd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 23rd Division

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Forename(s): John

Born: Hawes, Yorks

Residence: Hawes

Enlisted: Leyburn

Number: 36063

Rank: Private

Regiment: Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 8th Battalion


Died Date: 28/09/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Forename(s): John

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 36063

Rank: Private

Regiment: Yorkshire Regiment

Unit: 8th Bn.

Age: 24


Died Date: 28/09/1917

Additional Information: Son of William and Ann Dinsdale, of Garris, Gayle, Hawes, Yorks.



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12 October 1917

DINSDALE – Killed in action on the Western Front, Private John Dinsdale, Yorkshire Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Dinsdale, Gayle Lane, Hawes, aged 24 years.

12 October 1917


News was received on Monday by Mr. and Mrs. William Dinsdale, Gayle Lane, Hawes, that their son, Private John Dinsdale, Yorkshire Regiment, had been killed by a shell. Private Dinsdale enlisted in March 1916, and went to France the following July. He was invalided home in December of the same year, and was again sent overseas in July last. He was 24 years of age, and a native of Hawes. Though never a robust chap and slim of physique, Private Dinsdale was a true Briton, and his fearlessness and courage in the face of danger won the admiration of his comrades, and the knowledge that he has died a hero’s death must assuage somewhat the parents’ deep and poignant sorrow.

The following letter, received from his Commanding Officer, is a sufficient testimony to his gallant conduct and noble death:– “It is my painful duty to inform you of your son, Private Dinsdale’s, death. He was killed at his post by a shell, which burst right in the trench and killed another four of my brave platoon. I shall never forget your son’s courage; he stood to his post, never flinching one inch as the shells flew round us. Not only myself, but all the platoon, feel the loss very much, as he was always so bright, and willing to volunteer for anything. It may comfort you to know that he did not suffer at all, as death was instantaneous. We gave him the best burial possible under the circumstances. I share with you in your great loss, and extend my sympathy to you.”


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