Private John Dinsdale

Manchester Regiment working party Ancre Jan 1917. Source IWM Q 1792 courtesy Ernest Brooks

Private John Dinsdale

Service no. 29062

Born in Hawes Yorkshire, Private John Dinsdale was the son of Henry and Eleanor Dinsdale, nee Richardson, and stepson of William Graham (Eleanor had married William in 1887).

John was the husband of Mary Ellen Dinsdale, nee Dixon, whom he married in 1908. They lived at 54 Albert St. Nelson. He enlisted in Nelson.

Private Dinsdale fought in France and Flanders with the East Lancashire Regiment. He died of wounds at 2nd W.G.H. Manchester on Saturday 21st April 1917, aged 35.

He left soldier's effects of £5 14s 0d, authorised to his widow Mary E.

The following was reported in the 'Burnley News' (28 April 1917)
(Kindly supplied by Robert S. Richardson)


Private John Dinsdale of the East Lancashire Regiment, who resided at Albert-street, died on Saturday in a Manchester hospital as a result of Shrapnel wounds in the body and left elbow. He was 36 years of age, and before the war was employed as a bricklayer by Mr. Albert Edmondson. He enlisted in August last year, and went to France in December. He leaves a widow and three children, for whom much sympathy is felt. The body was brought to Nelson, and on Wednesday afternoon the late Private Dinsdale was given a military funeral. The coffin was covered with the Union Jack, and eight soldiers, sent from Preston, walked at the side of the hearse. The Boys' Bugle Band also attended, and at St. John's churchyard, where the interment took place, sounded the 'Last Post.' The Vicar (Rev. J. Morgan) officiated at the graveside.

Private John Dinsdale headstone

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Craven's Part in the Great War
Burnley News 28th April 1917
1911 census

East lancashire Regiment Badge
St John's Churchyard

St John with St Philip Church
Barkerhouse Road
Nelson, Lancashire

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