Henry John Victor Dale

Date of birth: 1897
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: TF/242415
Rank: Private
Regiment: Middlesex
Battalion: 1st
Died: 26th September 1917 aged 20 years
Death location: Flanders


Life before the War
Victor was the youngest of 5 siblings born to William and Jane Barringer, nee Shaw, who married in Cheltenham in 1882.  The couple moved from the Midlands to London in the same year as they married and had moved to Southampton by 1889.

The family latterly lived in Archers Road, Shirley.

William was born in Brompton, Middlesex in 1846 and he died in Southampton in 1925.  Jane was born in Birmingham in 1855 and she passed away on the Isle of Wight in 1931.

Victor’s older siblings – 2 sisters and 2 brothers – were:

Sydney William   b. 1883 Hammersmith and d. 1960 Croydon.   Married Susie Gertrude Terrey in Southampton in 1911.

Margaret Helen   b. 1885 Hammersmith and d. 19 January 1950 Isle of Wight.   A spinster, she left £3374 1s 3d to her sister Katherine.

Howard   b. 1889 Southampton.   Married Elsie V Brewer in Southampton in 1920.

Katherine Eva   b. 1892 Southampton and d. 1973 Isle of Wight.


War Service
The 1st Middlesex (Duke of Cambridge’s Own) probably landed in France at the end of 1915, at the same time as the 33rd Division.  The 1st Middlesex joined the 98th Brigade in the 33rd Division in February 1916 and spent the rest of the war fighting mainly in Belgian Flanders.

The 1st spent the latter end of September 1917 fighting east of Ypres.  It appears that Victor was one of 249 men lost between the 24th and 26th September in the area.  He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 20th July 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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