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  • 7102 Lance Corporal John Arthur Dale, 1st battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) was killed in action on 9 May 1915 during the Battle of Aubers. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial Belgium.
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Nottingham
Father: John T. Dale, born 1858 at Nottingham. Mother: Mary Ann Dale, born 1859 at Nottingham. L Cpl. Dale had one brother, Francis, born 1892, and three sisters; Eliza A., born 1880, Mary A Campion, born 1882 and Florence, born 1890. All the children were born in Nottingham. The family lived at 26 Stretton Street, St Ann's, Nottingham, before moving to 26 Calcutta Street, St. Ann's Well Road, Nottingham. John Arthur left home and lived with William & Ellen Radford as a boarder at 3A St. Mark's Street, Nottingham. He was engaged to their daughter Cordelia (Della).
John Arthur Dale was employed as packing case maker before becoming a packer in a groceries store. He later became a professional soldier.
09 May 1915
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1642289 - CWGC Website
7102
Lance Corporal
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
The battalion was based in India at the outbreak of war and initially guarded the outer defences and port of Bombay. The men then left for Europe on S.S."Thongwa," arriving at Plymouth on 4/10/1914 before moving to Hursley Park. The finally sailed for France on 04/11/1914, arriving at le Havre on the next day. They moved into trenches in Northern France and began to learn about trench warfare, taking casualties in the process. L.Cpl. Dale survived the heavy fighting at Neuve Chapelle. On May 9, 1915 the battalion was involved in fighting at Rouge Bancs, and despite every effort to push forward they were met by beavy machine gun fire and could make no progress. Eventually the battalion was relieved, but had suffered 359 casualties, including L. Cpl. Dale who was killed in action. His body was never recovered, but his name was commemorated on the Ploegeteert Memorial.
Nottingham Evening Post obituary (abridged), 31 May 1915: 'Dale. Killed in action May 9th, Corporal John Arthur Dale, 1st Sherwood Foresters, beloved fiancée of Della, Radford, St Mark's Street, age 29.'
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  • 7102 Lance Corporal John Arthur Dale, 1st battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) was killed in action on 9 May 1915 during the Battle of Aubers. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial Belgium.
    John Arthur Dale name on Memorial - 7102 Lance Corporal John Arthur Dale, 1st battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) was killed in action on 9 May 1915 during the Battle of Aubers. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial Belgium.