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- Bernard Dabell -

Name : Bernard Dabell

Son of Charles Dabell and Jeanette Mary Dabell (née Morris), of Blackgang, Isle of Wight, England.

Born 1887 Chale.

Travelled to Sydney departing London 20 August 1909 on the ss Ophir. He was travelling alone and gave his occupation as Farmer.

Married Alice May Cloke in Lower Hutt, New Zealand in 1914. Her address is given in the Auckland War Memorial Museum records as 22 Sarah Street, Timaru, New Zealand.
  Census information :

1891 : Charles and Jeanette Mary Dabell, with their children including Bernard aged 3, are at Hill Side, Chale. Charles Dabell is a Butcher and Dairyman.

1901 : Charles Dabell, with his children including Bernard aged 13, are at Hill Side, Chale. Charles Dabell is a Posting master and grazier.

1911 : Charles and Jeanette Mary Dabell, are at The Lodge, Blackgang, Chale. Charles Dabell is a Grazier. Presumed that Bernard Dabell is in New Zealand or Australia.

  Service Details :

Serjeant 9/690 Bernard Dabell, Otago Mounted Rifles, New Zealand Expeditionary Forces

(see obituary for further details)
Lone Pine (Australian) Memorial Casualty Details :

Died 24 August 1915 aged 27, Gallipoli

Commemorated at : Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey

CWGC Record

New Zealand Online Cenotaph record
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Chale War Memorial
St Andrew's Church, Chale, War Memorial
Blackgang Mission Roll of Honour
Chale School Roll of Honour
County War Memorial Carisbrooke Castle
  Photo Gallery :

Bernard Dabell
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :


Saturday 7 November 1914

Mr. Bernard Dabell, son of Mr. Charles Dabell, of Blackgang, is serving in the Legion of Frontiersmen, a fine intelligence corps of the New Zealand Command, and the whole command have offered their services at the Front, finding their own horses, saddlery, and equipment, and a part of the ammunition.

Isle of Wight County Press, Saturday, September 18 1915


The sad sequel to the receipt of a telegram, conveying "bad news" of his soldier son, by Mr. Charles Dabell, J.P., whilst presiding at the Rural District Council on Thursday, was made known later in the day, when it was announced that the following cablegram had been received by Mr. and Mrs. Dabell from Wellington, New Zealand :
"Regret to advise you cable received today that your son Sergt. Bernard Dabell, died of wounds August 24th. Please accept my sincerest sympathy in the loss that you and New Zealand have suffered. - J. Allan, Minister of Defence."
Sergt. Bernard Dabell had been fighting in Gallipoli for a considerable time with the New Zealand force, and was last heard of by his parents at Beauchops, Anzac, Gallipoli. He was the younger son of Mr. Charles Dabell, and brother of Mr. C. Morris Dabell of Newport, and his age was 27. After serving an apprenticeship with the well-known engineering firm of Lankester's, Southampton, he emigrated to Australia, and most interesting articles by him on sheep farming, &c, in the Antipodes appeared in this paper. He afterwards went to New Zealand, where he was about to start sheep farming on his own account last year, but on the outbreak of war he joined the Otago Mounted Rifles, with whom he went to Egypt and then to Gallipoli. Prior to the war he was member of the League of Frontiersmen in New Zealand, and he was seen in the Isle of Wight in the uniform of that corps not many months before the outbreak of war. On returning to New Zealand he married, and the greatest sympathy is felt with the young widow and his parents and other relatives in the loss of one whom his many Island friends remember with feelings of pride and admiration as in every way worthy of association with the splendidly patriotic overseas Britons, in whose ranks he has laid down his promising life for King, country and Empire.


Friday, December 3, 1915 Page 4

Mr. Charles Dabell, J.P., of Blackgang, chairman of the Isle of Wight Rural District Council, has recently received news of the death of his son, Sergeant Bernard Dabell, of the New Zealand (Otago) Mounted Rifles, who succumbed to wounds received in the Anzac fighting, in which the Colonials took such a distinguished part. Sergeant Dabell, although very unwell, persisted in returning to duty before he had fully recovered. He was severely wounded in the leg, died on his way from Gallipoli on a hospital ship, and was buried at sea. The day before he was wounded he was offered and accepted promotion to a commission in an English regiment for his distinguished service in the field.
  Additional Information :

League of Frontiersmen

Otago Mounted Rifles
  Acknowledgments :

Auckland War Memorial Museum website for the photograph of Bernard Dabell.

Janet Griffin for additional newspaper research
  Page status :
Page last updated : 4th October 2011


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