Albert Dale

Albert Dale

Personal Details

Born in Stockingford, Warwickshire in 1890, the fifth son of Frederick and Martha Dale of Oxheys Farm, Tarporley, Cheshire.

His occupation in the 1911 Census was insurance clerk.

Albert’s brothers Frank and Walter also lost their lives in the Great War and are commemorated on the Wrenbury and Wrenbury School memorials.

Military Details

Regiment : 22nd Battalion Manchester Regiment
Rank : Private
Service Number : 40773

Died of wounds; France 16th January 1917 Aged 26

Medals and Awards
Albert was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal).

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

Further Information

Nantwich Guardian 26 January 1917

Report in the Nantwich Guardian 26th January 1917 regarding the death of Albert Dale

“Official news was received on Tuesday that Private Albert (Bert) Dale of the Manchester Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Dale, Frith Farm, Wrenbury, had died on the 16th inst. at a clearing house station after an operation, necessitating the amputation of a leg, following severe wounds received in action the previous day. In 1915 he volunteered for the Army, but was rejected four times, but, nothing deterred, he presented himself at the beginning of 1916 and was accepted for home service, but went to the front the following August. He was 26 years of age, and had four brothers serving. In his earlier days, while attending the Council Schools of the village, he won a County Council scholarship, and later became a pupil teacher in the same school, in which his cheery disposition endeared him to all alike, and where his services were very highly appreciated.

Private Dale was an old boy of the Nantwich and Acton Grammar School, and was there during the headmastership of Mr. S. A. Moor. he was a fine athlete, and twice won the school cup, in one year he carrying off seven first and three second prizes. He was a most popular boy, and the old Grammarians will hear of his death with deep regret.

He had given up the scholastic profession to take up an important appointment with the Alliance Insurance Company when the war broke out. “I am determined to serve my country,” he said, and persisted, in spite of his rejection, in his endeavours to enter the Army, and was eventually passed for service. His letters to his parents were always bright and optimistic, and calculated to hearten the folks at home and make them live for his home-coming. Truly can it be said that he gave his life for his King and country, and his unselfishness made him yield to no danger in any tight corner. In this his parents, sisters, brothers and relations have the consolation of knowing that he sacrificed his fine character at the shrine of duty.”

Nantwich Guardian 26th January 1917

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