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Pte. Edward D'alton

British Army 2nd Btn. South Wales Borderers

from:Kingstown, Dublin

(d.1st July 1916)

My uncle Edward D'alton was killed in action at the Somme on 1st July 1916. He was originally from Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) County Dublin. He was my mother's brother. Her name was Christina. His parents names were Patrick and Catherine D'alton. I would love to have some background on Edward if possible.


L/Cpl Jack D'Hooghe

Army 7th Bttn Suffolk Rgt


(d.3rd July 1916)

Lance Corporal Jack D'Hooghe, 7th Bn Suffolk Regiment. Died, aged 23, on 3rd July, 1916
Son of Thomas Henry and Kate Clara D'Hooghe, 64 Robin Hood Chase, Nottingham.

Lance Corporal Jack D'Hooghe, 7th Bn Suffolk Regiment. Died, aged 23, on 3rd July, 1916 Son of Thomas Henry and Kate Clara D'Hooghe, 64 Robin Hood Chase, Nottingham.

It is 92 years ago today that my great uncle, Jack D'Hooghe, was KIA at Ovillers on the 3rd day of the Somme offensive. 21 officers and 458 other ranks were killed, wounded or missing after this assault. Jack is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial and there are several headstones to unknown members of the Suffolk regiment in Ovillers cemetery. We shall not forget.


Capt. Edward Neuville daCosta-Andrade MID.

British Army Royal Garrison Artillery

At the outbreak of war in 1914, Edward daCosta-Andrade was commissioned as an artillery officer. He served on the French front from 1915 to 1917, first with a battery of 60-pounders and later with a group of counter-batteries on the Arras salient, where with Lawrence Bragg and others the exact position of the enemy's guns was tracked down with ingenious apparatus. He rose to the rank of captain, and was mentioned in dispatches; he was injured when a shell burst prematurely in a battery gun, and later when a sudden burst of gunfire caused a horse to shy and roll on him. In 1917 he returned to England to work for the Ministry of Munitions on explosives.


Gnr. Frederick Dacre

British Army 202nd Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery


(d.20th April 1918)

Fred Dacre was the second of 7 children born in 1891 to John & Mary Jane Dacre. In the 1900s the family moved from Old Farm, Lower Holker, Cartmel, where John had worked as a farm labourer, to Barnoldswick, a rapidly growing cotton town in search of work in the mills for their children. Fred became a weaver working for H Pickles and Bros at Long Ing Mill. In 1909 at the age of 17 he volunteered as a part-time recruit in the new Territorial Force established to defend the UK in case the Regular Army became involved in a European war. He attested to serve for 4 years in the Territorial Army (6th West Riding Regiment).

After his marriage to Mary Emma Dodgson in January 1912 he continued to work as a weaver. However, instead of volunteering to join the army at the outbreak of war, he became a policeman with the City of Liverpool Constabulary. Though in an exempted occupation, he joined the Royal Garrison Artillery. He served as a gunner in the 202nd Siege Battery for 6 months before he was killed on 20th April 1918 during the German Spring Offensive on the Somme. He is buried in La Neuville British Cemetery, Corbie, the site of a Casualty Clearing Station.

In the In Memoriam column of the Craven Herald of April 1920 Mary Emma Dacre continued to grieve:- Two years have passed since they laid you to rest. In a grave I may never see; But while my life and memory last I will remember thee.

The inscription on his gravestone, chosen by his widow, reads Ever true. Waiting for you

Poignantly, Fred had not long to wait, as Mary Emma died at Morton Sanatorium near Keighley, probably of TB, on 21st March 1921.

Fred Dacre's story in a sense illustrates the patriotic attitudes of the time coupled with the wish to escape the humdrum life of the weaver, first joining the Territorials, then serving as a police constable before enlisting as a gunner. Yet it also serves to emphasize the tragic impact that the loss of every soldier had on every family. Did Mary Emma indeed die of a broken heart?

Fred Dacre's Grave, La Neuville Cemetery, Corbie

Fred Dacre's Grave, La Neuville Cemetery, Corbie


Rfn. Joseph Alfred Dady

British Army 9th (Queen Victoria's Rifles) Battalion London Regiment

from:6 Rowington Road, Norwich

(d.14th Aug 1917)


L/Cpl. David Thomas Daft

6th Btn. York & Lancaster Regiment

from:Long Eaton, Derbyshire

(d.14th July 1917)


Pte. Arthur Charles Dagesse

Canadian Expeditionary Forces 22nd Battalion

(d.15th Mar 1918)

Pte. Atthut Charles Dagesse served with the 22nd Battalion Canadian Infantry.He was executed for desertion on 15th March 1918 aged 33 and is buried in Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, Lapugnoy, France.

Arthur Charles Dagesse was born in New Bedford MA in 1886. One month after the outbreak of war, Dagesse enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) on 23rd September 1914 under the name Dagasse. His conduct as a soldier started badly and continued in poor fashion; he had no fewer than thirteen convictions for absence and two for drunkenness.

On 4 April 1917, just before his unit's participation in the Vimy Ridge attack, Dagesse went absent until he was arrested in Paris on 29th April 1917. While awaiting his trial for this offence, Dagesse escaped and remained absent for five months before being re-arrested in Paris on 4th October 1917. When he was arrested for the second time, Dagesse was wearing the uniform of a Sergeant in the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Following his court-martial on 26th February 1918, Dagasse was found guilty of desertion and sentenced to death.


Pte. Robert William Daglish

British Army 2nd Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers

(d.8th May 1915)


Pte Robert Daglish MM

British Army 12th Btn Durham Light Infantry

from:South Moor

My Great Great Grandfather, Private Robert Daglish 18240 served with the 12th battalion, Durham Light Infantry during the great war.

Born in 1895, he worked as a coal miner at South Moor. After the outbreak of the war he answered the call and joined Kitchener's new army at Newcastle in September 1914.

The 12th Battalion along with the 13th joined the 68th Brigade, 23rd Division and my ancestor waa assigned to A company, 12 Battalion, Durham Light Infantry moving to Aldershot, Hampshire in November, then to Willesborough, Kent in February 1915 and went on in May to Bramshott. He then proceeded to France landing at Boulogne on the 26th of August and concentrating near Tilques. On the 5th of September 23rd Division became attached to III Corps, moving to the Merris-Vieux Berquin area, for trench familiarisation under the guidance of the 20th (Light) and 27th Divisions. They took over front line sector between Ferme Grande Flamengrie to the Armentieres-Wez Macquart road in their own right on the 14th. During the Battle of Loos CIII and CV Brigades RFA were in action attached to 8th Division. With 23rd Division holding the front at Bois Grenier, they were relieved from that sector at the end of January 1916 and Divisional HQ was established at Blaringhem with the units concentrated around Bruay for a period of rest. On the 3rd of March they returned to the front line, taking over a sector between the Boyau de l'Ersatz and the Souchez River from the French 17th Division, with the Artillery taking over an exposed position between Carency and Bois de Bouvigny where it was subjected to heavy shelling. In early March a Tunnelling Company was established and men with a background in mining were transferred from the ranks to the Royal Engineers, whether my ancestor was part of this, sadly I will never know. In Mid April they returned to Bruay area for rest until mid May when they again took over the Souchez-Angres front, just before the German Attack on Vimy Ridge on the 21st. The brunt of the attack fell on 47th (London) Division, to the right of 23rd Division and the 23rd Divisional Artillery went into action in support of the 47th. On the 1st of June the Artillery supported 2nd Division as they undertook operations to recover lost ground. On the 11th of June the 23rd Division Infantry moved to Bomy and the artillery to Chamblain Chatelain and Therouanne to begin intensive training for the Battle of the Somme. They were in action in The Battle of Albert including the capture of Contalmaison, The Battles of Bazentin Ridge, Pozieres, Flers-Courcelette, Morval and The Battle of Le Transloy including the capture of Le Sars. In 1917 they fought in The Battle of Messines, The Battles of the Menin Road, Polygon Wood and the The First and Second Battles of Passchendaele. It was here that my ancestor worked as a company runner, running between the lines carrying vital messages from HQ to the front. During the third battle of Ypres he received the Military Medal for actions unknown and was mentioned in the London Gazette in January 1918. My grandfather always told me that it was during the third battle of Ypres that my great great grandfather received a shrapnel wound and was brought back to England and his medal card supports this as it shows that he received the 1915 star, British war medal, Victory medal and the Military Medal and his only theatre of war was France. After the war, he moved to Burnhope and worked as a miner until his death in 1954. Sadly I never met him and have been unable to find any photos or records of him other than his medal card. However I have inherited his identity bracelet which he wore through out the great war and this shows his name, service number, company, battalion and regiment. It is also engraved with the intials MM supporting that he was awarded the military medal. I would however be grateful if anyone can share any more information about him or show me a photograph as i have never seen what he looks like. It would be dream come true if by any chance anyone knew of the where abouts of his medals.


Pte. W. Daglish

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


(d.1st July 1916)

W Daglish is named on the Thiepval Memorial


Pte. William Daglish

British Army 24th Btn (Tyneside Irish) Northumberland Fusiliers


(d.1st Jul 1916)

William Daglish was born at Castleton, Durham and enlisted in Jarrow. He was killed in action and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.


Albert Dahabany

British Army Royal Fusilliers

My father Albert Dahabany and several of his friends served in WWI with the Royal Fusiliers. They joined the British Army in 1914 and served till 1918. He said he served in India and in Egypt.


CSM. Edward Joseph Patten Dainty DCM.

British Army 2nd Btn. London Regiment

from:Brentwood Essax

(d.8th Nov 1917)

My Great Uncle Company Sergeant Major Edward (Ted) Joseph Patten Dainty 230936 served with the 2nd Btn, London Regiment. He was originally a resident of Brentwood Essex, son of Edward Joseph And Emily Dainty. Before war broke out he had trained to be a teacher at St Peter's Training College (Peterborough 1911-12), and is commemorated on the Roll of Honour stone tablet War Memorial for their students, in St Sprite's Chapel Peterborough Cathedral.

On 3rd of May 1917, presumably at Fresnoy France, it is recorded that, near the river Cojeul, Company Sgt-Major E. J. P. Dainty (2nd Lond., Educ.) was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal: " for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in consolidating and defending a position which had become almost untenable through flanking and frontal fire. His total indifference to danger restored the situation at a very critical moment when no officers were on the spot." He has a citation to this effect in the Supplement to the London Gazette 18th July 1917.

In October or early November 1917 he married my Great Aunt Eleanor at Weymouth.She was a teacher too. I was always told that he returned immediately to France directly after their wedding. I have her brown velvet wedding dress and photos of them both.

On 8th November 1917, aged 27, he was killed in an accident near Lebucquiere to the east of Bapaume. I was always told this was a rail accident but I can find no record of this. He is buried in Lebucquiere Communal Cemetery Extension.

Eleanor never remarried. She became an invalid thoughout her life, and was looked after by her unmarried sister until her death in the early 1950s. I possess a tiny leather diary of Ted's - unfortunately with few entries. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.


Pte. Angelo Dai_Broi

Canadian Expeditionary Force 132 Battalion

A 100 anni dalla fine della 1 guerra mondiale ho trovato tutta la storia di mio nonno Dal Broi Angelo. Bellissimo sito vedere sito internet digitando

100 years after the Great War I was delighted to discover the story of my Grandfather Angela Dal Broi who served with the 132nd Battalion, CEF and the 182nd Canadian Tunnelling Company.


Pte. Hector Dalande

British Army 8th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders

from:Cromarty, Ross-shire

(d.9th Mar 1918)

Hector Dalande served with the Seaforth Highlanders 8th Bsttalion. He was executed for desertion on 9th March 1918 and is buried in St. Nicolas British Cemetery, St. Nicolas, France. Pte. Delande was a French-Canadian. At some point before deserting he had applied to join either the Canadian Army or the French army but was refused. He was the husband of Jessie Henry (formerly Dalande) of 66 Big Vennel, Cromarty, Ross-shire.


Pte. A. Dale

British Army 13th Btn. Royal Scots

(d.3rd Mar 1916)

Pte. A Dale served with the Royal Scots 13th Battalion. He was executed for murder on 3rd March1916 and is buried in Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery and Extension, Mazingarbe, France.


L/Cpl. Frank Dale

Royal Army Medical Corps.

from:Rusholme, Manchester


Drvr. George Alfred Dale

British Army 173 Brigade, C Bty. Royal Field Artillery

(d.4th October 1917)

George Dale died on 4th October 1917 and is buried in Rocquigny-Equancourt Road Cemetery, France, Grave I.D.27.


Drvr. Harry Lister Dale

British Army 173 Brigade, CBty. Royal Field Artillery

(d.23rd December 1917)

Harry Dale was aged 26 when he died on 23rd December 1917. He was born in Sowerby, Leeds and was the son of Nancy Mary and the late John Smith Dale, 25 Grove Hall Drive, Dewsbury Road, Leeds. He is buried in Mont Huon Military Cemetery, France, Grave V.D.3B.


A/Sgt. Joseph John Dale

British Army 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry


CSM Richard Dale

British Army 20th Btn. A Coy. Northumberland Fusiliers


Pte. Richard Wiliam Dale

British Army 9th Btn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry


The note written on reverse of his photo by Richard Dale reads: "Photo taken while a prisoner of war in Germany (1918). Uniform lent to me by a `1914' prisoner. My own being in too bad a condition, also had a quick shave and a rough haircut by a fellow prisoner. The hair on both head and face being very thick after 9 months neglect, behind the lines in France and Flanders. R. W. Dale 37508 9th K.O.Y.L.I."


Pte. Robert Addison Dale

British Army 7th btn. Durham Light Infantry

from:Station Terrace, Aycliffe


Pte. Thomas James Dale

British Army 8th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment

from:11 Jervis St., Longton, Stoke-on-Trent

(d.20th April 1919)

Thomas Dale was my great uncle, youngest brother to my grandfather Oswald Dale, also of the N Staffords. After receiving a GSW face neck and chest at Loos on 3.10.1915 Thomas recovered in Chatham. After 2 more returns to action he was finally invalided to UK on 6 Aug 1918, first to Chatham, then Brighton, Cambridge East Preston and finally Lord Derby in Nov 1918.

Thomas was a classic case of melancholia, depression, suicidal, paranoia etc, all ultimately related to shell shock. After numerous treatments, he succumbed to vision defects, cranial pressure, delusional attitude, etc there are 14 pages of medical notes. Thomas cut his own throat with razor in a suicide attempt. Although many tests were completed, with differing results, serum blood tests negative then positive, a period of eye vein enlargement occurred, plus other symptoms, including numerous severe fits and he died at 10.40pm on 20th April 1919. Although a case of classic shell shock can be ascertained, it seems that he may have actually been the victim of a brain tumour (meningeal tumour) or meningitis, the quick onset of symptoms suggest the latter. Spanish flu is not suspected.

But I cannot fined where he is buried. His medical records were transferred to Chester some time ago, but Stoke and Warrington cemetery have no record and the CWGC does not commemorate him. I would like to rectify this in respect of his harrowing tale which is typical of so many thousand others.


Pte Tom Cheffings Dales

British Army 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers

from:8, Victoria Terrace, Cleethorpes, Lincs

(d.3rd Sep 1917)

Dales, Tom, Cheffings. Private, 45055, Killed in action on 3rd September 1917. Aged 26 years.

Buried in Villers-Faucon Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, in grave I. F. 4.

Husband of Pattie Dales, of 8, Victoria Terrace, Cleethorpes, Lincs.

From the 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers Roll of Honour.


Pte. Daniel Daley

Army 5th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

(d.5th Aug 1915)


Pte. William Daley

British army 3rd Btn. Coldstream Guards

(d.5th April 1915)


L-Cpl. John Dalkin

British Army 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

(d.25th Sep 1918)

John Dalkin served with the 18th and 14th Battalions, he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.


Sgt. Albert Dalton MM.

British Army 6th Btn Loyal North Lancashire Regt

from:Preston, Lancashire

Albert Dalton was born in Preston in 1896; he was the son of John and Jane Dalton (nee Shaw). By the time of the 1911 census he was living with his widowed mother and his sister, May, at 24 Higford Street, Preston; his occupation was a cotton weaver.

Albert enlisted on 6th October 1914 into the Loyal North Lancs Regiment in Preston; he gave his occupation as motor driver. His papers say he was 5 6 tall, weighed 120lbs and had a 35 chest; he had a fresh complexion with blue eyes and brown hair.

He was posted into the 11th (Service) Battalion on 21 October 1914. He was appointed paid Lance Corporal on 3rd November 1914 and was promoted to Corporal on 8 January 1915. He was posted to the 6th Battalion on 15th October 1915 and joined the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in Gallipoli. On 7th January 1916 the Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser printed his name as having been wounded in action, and he was evacuated to Egypt with the rest of the Battalion later that month. On 13th February 1916 the Battalion began service in Mesopotamia. Albert Dalton was awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette of 18th October 1917.

On 12th January 1919 he boarded ship at Basra en route for Vladivostok. On 19th March 1919 he disembarked in Vladivostok and joined the British Military Mission in Siberia. He returned to the UK on 19 July 1919 and was finally discharged on 10th December 1919.


Pte. Charles Harry Dalton

British Army 8th Btn Leicestershire Regiment


My Father, Private Charles Harry Thomas Dalton, service No. 42130 was taken prisoner of war at Cormicy on 27th May 1918 and detained in Langensalza camp. I have his information from the International Red Cross. I would like to know if there is anymore information regarding his Army life, i.e when did he join up and where else did he serve?

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