John Dinsdale Unknown date of birth - 18 February 1944 Key details Contribute › Service number802579 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargePrivate AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Report Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share 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 Report Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth Place of birth Birth notes Report Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentWW2 AWMMLabourer AWMM Post war occupation Report Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistmentUnknown AWMMKoutuRotoruaNew Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMrs R.M. Dinsdale (wife)KoutuRotoruaNew Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 21 July 1943 AWMMMarried AWMM Report Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM CampaignsItaly AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Service number802579 AWMM Military units Military service Report Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards Report Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW2 AWMMUnknown AWMMRotoruaBay of PlentyNew Zealand AWMM Age on enlistmentWW2 AWMM Report Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 AWMM21 July 1943 AWMMWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Embarkation bodyWW2 AWMM21 July 1943 AWMMSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMMNieuw Amsterdam AWMMCorporal AWMM Report Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Report Medical history Contribute › Medical notesKilled in ActionCause of Death AWMM Report Last known rank Contribute › Last rankPrivate AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM Report 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 Report 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 Report Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery nameCassino War CemeteryItaly AWMM Grave referenceVI K. 21. AWMM Report Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameAuckland War Memorial MuseumWorld War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM Memorial reference Obituary Report 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 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 Report Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.