John Dinsdale Unknown date of birth - Died 18 February 1944 PDF Print Share Key details Contribute › Service number802579 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Last rankPrivate AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Lay a poppy Portrait, Weekly News - This image may be subject to copyrig … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesJohn AWMM SurnameDinsdale AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number802579 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth Place of birth Birth notes Occupation before enlistmentWW2 Labourer AWMM Post war occupation Address before enlistmentUnknown Koutu, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMrs R.M. Dinsdale (wife), Koutu, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 21 Jul 1943 Married AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM CampaignsItaly AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Service number802579 AWMM Military service Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW2 Unknown AWMMRotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand AWMM Age on enlistment Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 Vessel was Nieuw Amsterdam AWMMCorporal AWMM; 28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM; Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesKilled in Action, Cause of Death AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankPrivate AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › John Dinsdale was the husband of Rita May Dinsdale of KoutuJohn Dinsdale was killed in the attack on Monte Cassino in February 1944.Monte Cassino in February 1944. On the night of 17/18 February the 28 Battalion was ready for the attack on the railway station.After a short prayer service conducted by Lieutenant Takurua of Ruatoki they made their way to the line, through heavy fields sown with mines.Mortar and heavy machine guns from the lower slopes of Cassino and the town began to exact a heavy toll on A and B Company.Dinsdale was one of the many casualties that day.Efforts were made to protect the positions of the Battalion from observation by the Germans using a smoke screen.A convoy of trucks drove to Naples 110 km away to bring the shells which were fired by 4 Field Artillery Regiment to create the smoke screen.The toll was 128 killed, wounded or captured. AWMM Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death39 AWMM Date of death18 February 1944 AWMM Cause of deathKilled in Action AWMM Place of deathItaly AWMM Death notesItaly AWMM Cemetery nameCassino War Cemetery, Italy AWMM Grave referenceVI K. 21. AWMM Memorial nameAuckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM Memorial reference Obituary Roll of Honour Remember John Dinsdale by laying a poppy. Andrew Dinning Charles Dinsdale John Dinsdale Joseph Dinsdale Lewis Pomery Dinsdale Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of John Dinsdale Leave a note Contribute › Processing Dear Papa, I think I speak on behalf of all your whanau when I say we missed the opportunity to know you as you were sadly killed in action during the war before we were even thought of. Your son Doug is my father and he was only very young when you died and as a teenager he struggled to support his family to make ends meet. Despite not having a father figure he did ok in life and continued the family tradition and like you he joined up and fought for his country in the Korean war. I think Dad inherited alot of your characteristics and you would have been proud of him and rest of the family. I visited your grave when I first arrived in Italy 3 years ago. I was so emotional meeting you for the first time and sad that we never knew you. You died a brave man and I am enormously proud of you. With respect, admiration and love, on behalf of your grandchildren and great grandchildren Public - Jules - Other Relative - 26 July 2015 Report We love you Koro John. Mum, (your daugher Nira) always speaks of you with great love and has passed on to each of the family that same love and respect. You gave your life that we would be free, we will never forget. Public - Teresa - Other Relative - 26 April 2015 Report Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCommonwealth War Graves Commission.http://www.cwgc.orgSources Used28th Maori Battalion Website 1941-1945http://www.28maoribattalion.org.nz/Further ReferenceCody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy.http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Maor.htmFurther Reference DocumentsSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMMWW2 12: WW2 51 AWMM Contributors Processing Command item Command item Add new record Refresh DateNameLocationRelationshipContact 26 July 2015JulesNaples, ItalyOther Relative 26 April 2015TeresaPapakuraOther Relative Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.