Francis (Frank) Dinsdale

Date of birth: 1884
Place of birth: Stockton-on-Tees
Regiment / Division: Royal Army Medical Corps
Vessel: HMHS St Patrick
Rank / Service No: Private, 967
Died: 20th March 1918, aged 33 years
Buried: Hollybrook Cemetery (B.5.29)


Frank was the third of 6 siblings born to Francis and Dorothy Dinsdale (nee White), who married in Darlington in 1877.

Both parents were born in Durham, Francis in 1848 and Dorothy in 1852. Both also passed away in the same town, Stockton, Dorothy in 1910 and Francis in 1928.



Mary Elizabeth   b. 1879 Stockton   d. 1880 Stockton

Edward b. 1881 Stockton   d. 1956 Durham   Married Sarah E. Cook in Chester-le-Street in 1913.


Frederick   b. 1887 Stockton   d. 1972 Durham   Married Alice Lillystone in Stockton in 1920.

Margaret   b. 1888 Stockton   d. 1889 Stockton

Elizabeth   b. 1892 Stockton   d. 1961 Durham


Frank married Mary Amy Fenton in Southampton in 1916. Mary was born in the city in 1893 and, to the best of our knowledge, the couple had no children.


Frank volunteered for service in August 1914, joining the Medical Corps, and he was assigned to the hospital ship St. Patrick.

The St. Patrick was launched on 24 February 1906 from Clydebank as a passenger ferry. She worked the route between Fishguard and Rosslare until requisitioned by the Admiralty in 1914.


St. Patrick made many trips between France and Southampton and survived the war intact. She was destroyed by fire in Fishguard in 1929 and was subsequently scrapped.


Frank died of an unknown illness whilst working on St. Patrick.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th July 2016


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