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Dodsworth, Albert
(1894-1971)

Rank and Unit at End of World War One

Rank Private

Service Number 203219

Service Army

Battalion 1/4th Battalion

Regiment King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Other service during World War One
Information from Medal Index Cards (WO372), Medal Rolls (WO329), Service Records (WO363) and/or Pension Records (WO364) held by The National Archives.
Rank Number Unit
Private 6809 1/4th KOYLI

Biography

On the 27th April 1917, the Wetherby News reported:

Wetherby News April 27th 1917

LOCAL CASUALTIES

Pte. Albert Dodsworth, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Dodsworth, Micklethwaite, is in hospital in France suffering from serious gun shot wounds in the shoulder, received on April 9th. He enlisted in the Dragoons, but is attached to the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

 

Family background

Unfortunately no Dodsworth family appears in the electoral rolls or the 1911 census in Micklethwaite so tracing Albert Dodsworth has been difficult. However in 1916, a Nellie Dodsworth, of Micklethwaite and daughter of Alfred Dodsworth, married Edwin Mortimer in St. Oswald's Church, Collingham, giving us a first clue on the Dodsworth family of Micklethwaite.

Tracing Alfred and Nellie back to the 1901 census reveals the family in Beck Cottage in Stutton with Hazlewood. Alfred's wife was Mary Ellen Dodsworth and their children were Nellie, Henry, Chas and Albert. We believe this is the Albert Dodsworth we are seeking. By 1911, this Albert Dodsworth, born on the 9th November 1894 in Ryther, was working as a horseman in North Deighton in 1911.

Service record

There is one medal index card for an Albert Dodsworth in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry with service numbers of 6809 and 203219. The medal roll for this man shows he served in the 1/4th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, but it makes no mention of service in the Dragoons, this suggests that Albert transferred from the Dragoons before he served overseas.

Albert's service record has not survived, but his medal roll shows he was discharged from the Army on the 21st July 1919. This date is confirmed by Albert's Pension Ledger Card entry which shows him living at 33 Penshire Terrace, Llanfach, Abercarn.

On the date (9th April 1917) on which the Wetherby News says that Albert was wounded, the 1/4th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry were manning the front line in the Neuve Chapelle sector of the front. The war diary records:

9.4.17 Battalion holding the front line. Increased Trench Mortar activity. Casualties: Two other ranks wounded.

 

After the war

Not long after his discharge from the Army, in 1919, Albert married Lilian M Lee in the Newport Market district of South Wales and he seems to have settled in that area. On the 22nd July 1920 they had a son, William E Dodsworth. By 1939, Albert, Lilian and William were living at 16 Twyn Place, Abercarn. Albert gave his trade as a Gas Slotmeter Collector while William was a sander in the tin works.

Albert died in South Wales in 1971, aged 77.


Sources

1911 Census. The National Archives. Class RG14 Piece 25946
The Wetherby News 27/4/1917
First World War Medal Index Cards. The National Archives (WO372).
First World War Medal Index Rolls. The National Archives (WO329).
War Diary of 1/4th Battalion Yorkshire Light Infantry (WO95/2806/1) The National Archives.

If you have any photographs or further details about this person we would be pleased to hear from you. Please contact us via: alan.berry@collinghamanddistrictwararchive.info