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Surname: DOLPHIN

Forename(s): John

Place of Birth: Winterburn, Yorkshire

Service No: 117568

Rank: Gunner

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Garrison Artillery

Battalion / Unit: 256th Siege Battery

Division: ---

Age: 24

Date of Death: 1918-08-11

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: A. 14.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---




Additional Information:

John Dolphin was the son of Thomas and Catherine Dolphin, née Coates. Thomas was born at Stonebeck Up, Nidderdale and Catherine at Bentham, Yorkshire. John was probably related to Private William Horner Dolphin (34459) (q.v.).

1901 Parish of Over Wyresdale, Lancashire Census: Tarnbrook - John Dolphin, aged 8 years, born Gargrave, Yorkshire, son of Thomas and Catherine Dolphin.

1911 Dunsop Bridge, Yorkshire Census: Brennand - John Dolphin, aged 18 years, born Winterburn, Yorkshire, son of Thomas and Catherine Dolphin.

The British Army Service Record for John Dolphin exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Gnr John Dolphin, 117568, R.G.A.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Gnr John Dolphin, 117568, 256 Sge. Bty. R.G.A.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Gnr John Dolphin, 117568, 256 S. Bty. R.G.A. Date and Place of Death: 11.8.18. Can. Fld. Amb. France or Belgium. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Thomas. £30 9s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for John.

Photograph courtesy of Kevin Dolphin.

A short biography of John is included in: ‘In Love, In Gratitude, In Remembrance - Remembering the Men & Women of Slaidburn, Newton in Bowland, Dunsop Bridge, Dale Head & Tosside’ by Margaret Brenchley (2018).

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Gunner John DOLPHIN

Gunner John DOLPHIN

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Garrison Artillery

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Garrison Artillery

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: DOLPHIN

Forename(s): John

Born: Cargrave [sic], Yorkshire

Residence: Dunsop Bridge, Nr. Clitheroe, Lancs

Enlisted: Settle

Number: 117568

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery



Died Date: 11/08/18

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: DOLPHIN

Forename(s): John

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 117568

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery

Unit: 256th Siege Bty.

Age: 24


Died Date: 11/08/1918

Additional Information: Son of Thomas and Catherine Dolphin, of Trough House, Dunsop Bridge, Clitheroe, Lancs. Native of Fell Side, Slaidburn, Yorks. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: TO BE WITH CHRIST WHICH IS FAR BETTER)

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‘Clitheroe Advertiser’ (30 August 1918)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)


The sad news reached Dunsop Bridge, last Friday, that Gunner John Dolphin, eldest son of Mr. Thomas Dolphin, Field Head, Slaidburn, died on the 10th inst. of wounds, caused by a bomb. Twenty-five years of age, and single, he joined the Army about two years ago, prior to which he was employed for nine years by Messrs. W. Parkinson and Sons as shepherd at Brennand Farm, Dunsop. The information of his demise was sent by the sergeant of the field battery, who spoke of him as a brave soldier and an excellent pal. Gunner Dolphin had many excellent qualities combined with a bright disposition which endeared him to a host of friends in the Whitewell valley who sincerely lament his death and sympathise with his relatives in their bereavement.


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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

15 August 1919

DOLPHIN – In loving memory of our dear son, Gunner John Dolphin, who was killed in action in France, August 11th.

“A beautiful memory left behind.”

From his Father, Mother and Brothers, Slaidburn.

DOLPHIN – In ever loving memory of our dear brother, Gunner John Dolphin, who died of wounds in France, August 11th, 1918.

He left his home in perfect health,
He looked so strong and brave;
We little thought how soon he’d be
Laid in a hero’s grave.

From Will and Mary, Dunsop Bridge, near Clitheroe.


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