DALE, Henry

Acting Bombardier Henry Dale
82384 B Company, 117th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

Henry was born in 1886, son of Thomas Dale, an iron man and labourer from Newborough, Northants and his wife Louisa (nee Pattison), born Taunton, Devon. In 1911 his parents were living in Trinity Street, Sheffield. Henry’s siblings were Rosina, Harry, Thomas, Louisa, Ellen and James.

Henry married  Emma Annice Moore in 1908, in Nottingham and in 1911 they were living at 1, Brookfield Place, Derwent Street, Nottingham. Henry’s occupation was given as general labourer/asphalter, prior to this in 1901 he was employed as a colliery ‘banksboy’. They had a number of children both before and after the war. Nelly b. 1910 Pinxton, Louisa b. 1912, Gladys b. 1914, Albert H. b. 1920, Edward b. 1921, Ernest b. 1923 and Eileen b. 1928.

Henry and Emma obviously later moved to the Westwood area as in 1918 Henry appears on the ‘Absent Voters Roll’ and is shown as absent from 104 Palmerston Street, Westwood. He volunteered for service, joining up on 20th September 1915. His records have not survived but his Medal Rolls Index Card indicates he was a recipient of the 1914-15 Star, The British War and the Victory Medals.

Henry died on the 8th March 1955, aged 69. Emma died on the 16th February 1960, aged 74 and both are buried in Westwood St. Mary’s Church.