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liverpool annie

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Rugby Player
« on: September 13, 2009, 06:18:38 PM »

I found this young soldier while I was looking for rugby players who died WW1 ..... thought it maybe of interest !!

In Memory of

33rd Balloon Sect., Royal Flying Corps
who died age 33
on 31 January 1918
Son of Bernard and Katherine Susan Dale, of Wimbledon, Surrey.

Remembered with honour

Lieutenant ROBERT JACOMB NORRIS DALE, Manchester Regiment, attached R.F.C., who was killed in action on January 31st, aged 33, was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs.
Bernard Dale, of Wimbledon. He obtained his commission in June, 1915, and was promoted in July, 1917.

family tree


Men who fell in defending the Piave from December 1917 to March 1918, and those who fell on the west of the river during the Passage of the Piave, are buried in this cemetery. Within the cemetery, occupying a central position on the western wall, is the Giavera Memorial, Which commemorates those British soldiers who fell in India in 1918 and Whose places of burial are unknown. The Italians entered the war on the Allied side, Declaring war on Austria, in May 1915. Commonwealth forces were at the Italian front between November 1917 and November 1918. On 4 December 1917, the XIVth Corps relieved X1th and the Italians on the Montello sector of the Piave front, with the French on their left. The Montello sector acted as a hinge to the whole Italian line, joining that portion facing north from Mount Tomba to Lake Garda with the defensive line of the Piave River covering Venice, which was held by the Third Italian Army. The Commonwealth troops on the sector were not involved in any large operations, but they carried out continuous patrol work across the Piave River, as well as much successful counter battery work. In January 1918, an additional sector of the defense on the right was taken over by the Commonwealth troops. Between December and March the Royal Flying Corps carried out a large number of successful raids on enemy Aerodromes, railway junctions, and other objectives. In March 1918, the Commonwealth troops on the Montello sector were relieved. Three Divisions (7th, 48th and 23rd) took over the Asiago sector in the mountains north of Vicenza, and two Divisions (5th and 41st) were despatched to France. In October, the 7th and 23rd Divisions were withdrawn from the Asiago Plateau to take over the northern portion of the Italian X1th Corps front from Salletuol to Palazzon, on the River Piave. These Divisions took a prominent part in the Passage of the Piave (23 October-4 November 1918) during the final Battle of Vittorio-Veneto. On 4 November the Armistice came into effect, and active hostilities ceased. Men who died in defending the Piave from December 1917 to March, 1918, and those who fell on the west of the river during the Passage of the Piave, are buried in this cemetery. Giavera BRITISH CEMETERY contains 417 Commonwealth Burials of the First World War. Within the cemetery stands the Giavera Memorial, commemorates Which more than 150 members of the Commonwealth forces who died in Italy in 1917 and 1918 and Whose places of burial are unknown

EDIT ..... Just noticed theres more info on the forum if anybody is interested in Robert !
« Last Edit: September 13, 2009, 06:23:55 PM by liverpool annie »


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Re: Rugby Player
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2011, 05:51:59 PM »
Annie, I note your last line on this post fom 2009. For the life of me I could not find any more on the Forum about Robert Dale but am very keen to know if there is more. Any links or clues?

I think your discovery skills are greater than mine!

best wshes
Stephen (Rugby Remembers)


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Re: Rugby Player
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2011, 08:45:14 PM »
Hi Stephen
I think Annie was referring to your topic
The edit would of been added after the topic was started.


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