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Allan Charles Percy Dale

Grave, Faenza War Cemetery, wooden cross (Photo provided by RSA member) - This image may be subject to copyright

Grave, Faenza War Cemetery, wooden cross (Photo provided by RSA member) - This image may be subject …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Allan Charles Percy AWMM
  • Surname
    Dale AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Percy Dale AWMM
  • Service number
    48726 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 11 St David Street, Lyttelton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs L.J. Dale (wife), Station Road, Heathcote Valley, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 01 Jul 1942-31 December 1942 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    48726 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Shipping clerk/Civilian AWMM
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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Trooper AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Allan (Percy) Dale was the son of Allan Dale and Mildred Dale (nee Dixon). He was married to Lillian Jean Dale of Christchurch.

    19 Battalion was one of the first units to leave New Zealand and did not return home until the Axis powers had been defeated. Battle honours include Egypt, Servia Pass, Greece; and Galatas and 42nd Street,Crete, notably Minqar Qiam and Ruweisat Ridge. When the 19 Battalion became the Armoured Regiment, they went from Italy and fought right through the Italian Campaign. A short description of the fighting in April 1945, from the Imperial War Graves Commission's register of the Faenza War Cemetery :. 'On 9th April the final drive of the Italian campaign began when the Eighth Army directed its main effort with the 5th Corps towards Comacchio and the Argenta Gap - that gap between the River Reno and the Valli di Comacchio, now only some 4000 yards wide betweeen areas flooded by the Germans, and heavily defended.It was the key to Padua, Venice and the north-east.On the morning of 14th April the main offensive of the Fifth Army was started by the 4th Corps, with the US 10th Mountain Division as its spearhead.To the right, the US 2nd Corps gave battle the following day, the 6th South African Armoured Division making the most notable first advance.By dawn of 18th April the enemy in front of the US 2nd Corps had begun an orderly withdrawal all along the line, dictated partly by the rapidity of the 4th Corps' advance on the left. By 21st April the US 10th Mountain Division had thrust through the defences north-west of Bologna, had cut Highway No. 9 and was preparing for the drive on the Po.2nd Corps troops and Poles from the Eighth Army were in Bologna and on the right the Germans were retreating in complete defeat before the Eight Army - a general withdrawal to the Po had been ordered on the 20th by the German commander-in-chief. The formal end of the campaign came on 2nd May when the representatives of the German commander-in-chief accepted the Allied terms of unconditional surrender.The campaign had lasted twenty-two months from the time of the Allied landings in Sicily, during which time the Allied armies had covered more than one thousand miles, a great part of that distance being through mountains.'. Dale was killed in the final phase of the Italian Campaign, the move from Faenza to Triest, the latter captured on 2 May 1945, less than one month after Dale was killed on 17 April 1945.

    Events of 17 April 1945 recorded in: Sinclair, D.W. 19 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. 1954 [Armoury D743] AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    17 April 1945 AWMM
    Age 36 AWMM
    FaenzaItaly AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Faenza War Cemetery, Italy AWMM Plot IV Row F Grave 16 AWMM
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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.99 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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