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John Dinsdale

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  • Service number
    802579 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Private AWMM
    28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM
  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John AWMM
  • Surname
    Dinsdale AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    802579 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW2 Labourer AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown Koutu, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs R.M. Dinsdale (wife), Koutu, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 Jul 1943 Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
  • Campaigns
    Italy AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    802579 AWMM
  • Military service
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Miilitary decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM
    Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand AWMM
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Vessel was Nieuw Amsterdam AWMM
    Corporal AWMM
    28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM
    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Private AWMM
    28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • John Dinsdale was the husband of Rita May Dinsdale of Koutu

    John 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
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Death

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  • Age at death
    39 AWMM
  • Date of death
    18 February 1944 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    Italy AWMM
  • Death notes
    Italy AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Cassino War Cemetery, Italy AWMM
  • Grave reference
    VI K. 21. AWMM
  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
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  • 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
  • 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

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26 July 2015JulesNaples, ItalyOther Relative
26 April 2015TeresaPapakuraOther Relative