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L/Cpl Jack D'Hooghe .     Army 7th Bttn Suffolk Rgt   from Nottingham

(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.

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.

Jonathan D'Hooghe



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.

Eric Mouillefarine



Gnr. Frederick Dacre .     British Army 202nd Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery   from Barnoldswick

(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

Ken Wilkinson



L/Cpl. David Thomas Daft .     6th Btn. York & Lancaster Regiment   from Long Eaton, Derbyshire

(d.14th July 1917)

David Craggs



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.

s flynn



Pte. Robert William Daglish .     British Army 2nd Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers (d.8th May 1915)

Vin Mullen



Pte. W. Daglish .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Jarrow

(d.1st July 1916)

W Daglish is named on the Thiepval Memorial

Lynne



Pte. William Daglish .     British Army 24th Btn (Tyneside Irish) Northumberland Fusiliers   from Jarrow

(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.

Vin Mullen



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.

Dina Dahbany-Miraglia



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.

Polly Dangerfield



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.

Barbaro Giorgio



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.

s flynn



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.

s flynn



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, C Bty. 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   from Gateshead

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."

Lawrence Dale



Pte. Robert Addison Dale .     British Army 7th btn. Durham Light Infantry   from Station Terrace, Aycliffe

Aycliffe Village History Society



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.

John Holroyd



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.

Dave Willis



Pte. Daniel Daley .     Army 5th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.5th Aug 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 35½” 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.

Paul Dickens



Pte. Charles Harry Dalton .     British Army 8th Btn Leicestershire Regiment   from London

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?

Robert Dalton



Pte. Charles Dalton .     British Army 1st Battalion Royal Scots (d.28th June 1915)

Charles Dalton served with the 1st Battalion Royal Scots in France 1915. He is buried in Ration Farm Military Cemetery.

Vin Mullen



Pte. Harold Dalton .     British Army 12th Btn. (Teesside Pioneers) Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards)   from 52 Salisbury St, Middlesbrough, Yorks

(d.22nd Oct 1918)




Spr. William Shorthall Dalton .     Australian Imperial Forces 1st Australian Tunnelling Coy. (d.5th May 1917)




Sgt. Daniel Daly DSC, FMM..     United States Marines

Marine Sergeant Dan Daly entered World War I as one of the United States’ most famous soldiers, having already won the Medal of Honor on two separate occasions for his service during the Boxer Rebellion and the U.S. occupation of Haiti. The 44-year-old continued to write his name into the history books during June 1918’s Battle of Belleau Wood, a month-long offensive that was one of the first major World War I battles fought by U.S. troops. On June 5, Daly bravely extinguished a fire on the verge of igniting a cache of explosive ammunition. Two days later, as his Marines were being shredded by enemy machine gun fire, Daly urged them to leave their cover and counterattack by supposedly screaming the famous words, “Come on, you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?!”

Daly’s near-suicidal courage was put on display once again on June 10, when he singlehandedly charged a German machine gun nest, killing its commander and taking 14 prisoners. That same day, he made several trips into “no man’s land” to drag wounded troops to safety. Daley was wounded later that month during a second solo rescue mission, and suffered two more injuries during the Meuse-Argonne offensive in October 1918. While he was again recommended for the Medal of Honor for his actions at Belleau Wood, the military balked at the prospect of any soldier receiving the award three times, and he was instead given the Distinguished Service Cross and the French Medaille Militaire. General Smedley Butler—himself a double Medal of Honor winner—would later describe Daly as, “the fightingest Marine I ever knew.”

s flynn



Cmdnt. Florence Maria Daly .     Voluntary Aid Detachment   from Folkestone

Florence Daly was the Commandant of Manor House Hospital in Folkestone.





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