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Private Charles Dinsdale


Harrogate Herald - 7th November 1917

Roll of Honour

Information has been received of the death of Private Charles Dinsdale, of the Canterbury Infantry Battalion, reported killed in action on October 12th. Private C Dinsdale, youngest son of Mrs Dinsdale, of Burnt Yates, was 23 years of age, and a native of the village. As a lad he attended the Burnt Yates Endowed School, and after leaving school he was for some time employed at Messrs Bonsall's Nurseries, Harrogate. Leaving Harrogate, he was for some considerable time employed at Winsley Hurst Gardens. In August, 1913, he left England, going out to New Zealand. When war broke out, hearing from home that most of his school chums had joined up, he promptly enlisted in the New Zealand contingent, and after a period of training proceeded to France about twelve months before being killed. Mrs Dinsdale has received a letter from the Army Chaplain, in which he says : "I was in a position to see what the men went up against - they did splendidly in spite of the difficulties, but sad to say many good men were killed. Your son lies buried on the hill they tried so hard to take. One of his pals is my batman - Gabell by name. They all say your son was a good man. After all, the opinion of the men is best, they see most of one another".