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Seaman C W Dinsdale


Harrogate Herald - 24th January 1917

C Dinsdale, of HMS Marlborough, writes :

Just a few lines to thank you for the Herald, which I receive every week. I am very sorry that I have not written before, but I am only a boy, and we do not get much time to ourselves. I don't know how the weather is in Harrogate, but we have had it very rough just lately. I m sorry I cannot write you much, as you know what the censoring is, so I shall have to close now, wishing you and your staff the best of luck.


Harrogate Herald - 9th May 1917

C W Dinsdale of HMS Marlborough, writes :

Just a line to let you know that I am still alive and kicking. You will no doubt think me a long while in writing, but we have been very busy lately, but I always find time to read the old paper. It passes many dreary hours away. It is not very nice where we are. I mean to say that it is not like being in old Sulphurland. I was sorry to see my pal who went to the Western School with me had gone down on the hospital ship Salta. We are about to have dinner now, so I shall have to draw to a close, as I am a cook. Wishing you, your staff, and the paper the best of luck.


Harrogate Herald - 26th September 1917

W H Breare letter

On Saturday also, John Wilson, naval wireless operator, son of W Wilson, who has attended so many years at the foot of the staircase which leads to the Grand Circle of our Opera House. He lives at 60 Mayfield Grove. I saw Wilson last Easter, and I think he is looking fitter than ever and remains his own jolly self. Wilson brought with him a mess-mate of his, R Parry, signalman, whose home is at Egham, Surrey. A nice bright chap with frank engaging manners and a typical seaman. After two or three days with his friend in Harrogate, Parry was going home for the rest of his leave. Wilson told me that he had met Clifford Webster, but had lost sight of him for a time; he had also seen Dinsdale.


Harrogate Herald - 21st November 1917

W H Breare letter

Seaman C W Dinsdale, son of Mrs K T Dinsdale, Kensington Square, called to see me whilst on 14 days' leave. He joined the Navy at 16 and has seen five and a half years service. He has been to see Wilson, whose father is at the Opera House and a familiar figure at the foot of the grand staircase. Before the war Dinsdale was telegraph messenger at the Post Office. He has all that rugged health and smartness associated with the Navy.