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John Dinsdale

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

Civilian life

About birth

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


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 802579 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Labourer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • 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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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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About death

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

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  • From the rising of the sun, to the going down of the same, we will remember. Not a year goes by that we are not sad (and of course grateful) for the loss that we all suffered by your death on that fateful day when you were killed in action. When I think of what you and each man went through in fighting for the freedom of the tyranny of those who chose power over others, of what our nana and great grandparents and your children went through, my heart aches. From your grandchildren (and great and great-great (plus soon to be great-great-great) we love you. We will never forget.
    Public - Teresa May - Direct descendant - 25 April 2017
  • 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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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Gardiner, W. (2019). Ake ake kia kaha e! : Forever brave! : B Company 28 (Maori) Battalion, 1939-1945. Auckland : Bateman Books. AWMM
      Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • Second 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. AWMM
      WW2 12: WW2 51 AWMM
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • Gardiner, W. (2019). Ake ake kia kaha e! : Forever brave! : B Company 28 (Maori) Battalion, 1939-1945. Auckland : Bateman Books. AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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25 April 2017Teresa MayRotoruaDirect descendant
26 July 2015JulesNaples, ItalyOther Relative
26 April 2015TeresaPapakuraOther Relative
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