Harry DALE
Rank: Private
Service Number:23928.
Regiment: 5th Bn. Kings Shropshire Light Infantry
Killed In Action Saturday 16th September 1916
Age 19
County Memorial Congleton
Commemorated\Buried Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval
Grave\Panel Ref: XII.P.6.

Harry's Story.

Son of the Mr. Christopher Dale, and Mrs. Mary Dale, of 1 and 3, Barlow Street, Congleton, Cheshire and 74a, Mill Street, Congleton, Cheshire. He had four sisters, Melinda, Lizzie, Hannah and Mary Dale, along with two brothers, Christopher and John Dale. He later resided with his brother in Lawton Street, Congleton, Cheshire. He was employed at Holmes chapel Paper Mill. His brother John who was 17 years of age was serving in Mesopotamia, he had been there for 16 months.

Private Harry Dale served with the 5th Battalion, the King's Shropshire Light Infantry who were part of the 42nd  Brigade, 14th Light Division. He enlisted on the 18th of April 1916. On the 15th of September 1916, the Battalion attacked in the Battle of Flers, which was part of the ongoing Battle of the Somme.

The attack was supported by tanks for the first time in history, and was generally successful although it did not gain as much ground as expected. Early on the 16th, the Shropshire Regiment were relieved by the 6th Battalion, the Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry and after having eleven hours rest in the Montauben area, the Battalion was again in the trenches in relief of the 8th Battalion, the King's Royal Rifle Corp. An order which was received to capture Gueudecourt was cancelled and the Battalion was relieved, it marched back to the camp at Maricourt from where it had started on the 15th . The casualties for the 16th of September were 1 Officer, 2 Other Ranks killed and 8 Other Ranks wounded. Private Harry Dale was one of only two men killed during the day, most probably by shell fire.

Congleton Chronicle 1916.

In reply to your enquiry of the 14th September 1916, I am commanded by the Army Council to inform you that Private H. Dale of the K.S.L.I. has been reported in a casualty list which has reached this office as having been killed in action on the 16th of September 1916, I am to express the sympathy of the Army Council to the soldiers relatives.

Cheshire County Memorial would like to thank John and Christopher Pullen for the information on Harry.