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Ben DOBBY

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Surname: DOBBY

Forename(s): Ben

Place of Birth: Gargrave, Yorkshire

Service No: 42730

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Alexandra, Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 6th (Service) Battalion

Division: 11th (Northern) Division

Age: 25

Date of Death: 1917-10-09

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 52 to 54 and 162A.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: GARGRAVE, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Ben Dobby was the son of Thomas and Sarah Ann Dobby, née Moss. Thomas was born at Ripon and Sarah at Leeds, Yorkshire. Ben was the cousin of Private William Gill (235189) (q.v.).

1901 Gargrave, Yorkshire Census: North Street - Ben Dobby, aged 8 years, born Gargrave, son of Thomas and Sarah A. Dobby.

1911 Eldroth, Yorkshire Census: Park House - Benjamin Dobby, aged 18 years, born Gargrave, Yorkshire. [Ben was boarding with his sister, Hannah and brother-in-law, David Wood.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Ben Dobby, 42730, Yorkshire Regiment.

Data Source: Cravens Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

DOBBY, B., Yorkshire Regiment, son of Mr. Thos. Dobby, North Street, [Gargrave], killed in action.

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Private Ben DOBBY

Private Ben DOBBY

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Alexandra, Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Alexandra, Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 11th (Northern) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 11th (Northern) Division

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Surname: DOBBY

Forename(s): Ben

Born: Gargrave, Yorkshire

Residence:

Enlisted: Skipton, Yorkshire

Number: 42730

Rank: Private

Regiment: Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 6th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 1917-10-09

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 3812, West Riding Regiment

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: DOBBY

Forename(s): Ben

Nationality: United Kingdom

Service Number: 42730

Rank: Private

Regiment: Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own)

Unit: 6th Battalion

Age: 25

Awards:

Died Date: 1917-10-09

Additional Information: Son of Thomas Dobby, of North St., Gargrave, Yorks.

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19 October 1917

DOBBY – Killed in action, Private Ben Dobby, Yorkshire Regiment, son of Mr. Thomas Dobby, North Street, Gargrave.

19 October 1917

ANOTHER GARGRAVE SOLDIER PAYS THE PRICE

On Tuesday morning Mr. Thomas Dobby, North Street, received official information that his son, Private Ben Dobby, Yorkshire Regiment, B.E.F., whose photo we give above, had been killed in action.

His captain, L. Dawnay, writes:– “He was taking part in an attack when he was shot through the head by a piece of shrapnel and was killed immediately. I hope you will accept my deepest sympathy in your great loss. He did his duty up to the time of his death, when he made the greatest sacrifice of all.”

Private B. Dobby was a fine, well-built young follow and enlisted at Halifax on February 11th 1916, going to France on August 9th last. Prior to enlisting he was a farm servant with Mr. Tyrer at the Craven Heifer Inn, near Skipton.

26 October 1917

GARGRAVE – IN MEMORIAM

At the Parish Church last Sunday night, at the conclusion of his sermon, the Vicar most feelingly and sympathetically referred to the recent death in action of Private Ben Dobby, whose portrait we published in our last week’s issue, and Mr. E. Burlend played the 'Dead March' in ‘Saul,’ the congregation standing meanwhile.

11 October 1918

DOBBY – In loving memory of a dear son and brother, Private Ben Dobby, Gargrave, 6th Yorkshire Regiment, killed in action October 9th, 1917.

There on the field of battle
He nobly took his place,,
He fought and died for Britain
And the honour of his race.

From Father, Jenny, Thomas and Jim.

DOBBY – In loving memory of our dear brother, Private Ben Dobby, of Gargrave, killed in action October 9th, 1917.

The unknown grave is the bitterest blow
None but an .aching heart can know.

Ellen and Charlie, East Street, Gargrave.

DOBBY – In loving memory of our dear brother, Private Ben Dobby, of Gargrave, killed in action October 9th 1917.

We miss the form, we miss the smile,
We miss a voice that cheered the while;
Grim death is but the open door
That leads to loved ones gone before;
He rests from pain for whom we weep,
In Jesus doth our brother sleep.

Sallie and Jim (in France).

DOBBY – In loving memory of our dear brother, Private Ben Dobby, of Gargrave, killed in action October 9th, 1917.

“May his reward be greater then his sacrifice.”

From Hannah and David, Newby Crossing, Clapham.

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19 October 1917

DOBBY – Killed in action, Pte. Ben Dobby, of the Yorkshire Regiment, son of Mr. Thos. Dobby, of North Street, Gargrave.

19 October 1917

ANOTHER GARGRAVE SOLDIER KILLED

On Tuesday morning Mr. Thomas Dobby, North Street, Gargrave, received official information that his son, Pte. Ben Dobby, of the Yorkshire Regiment, had been killed in action. His captain, L. Dawnay, writes:– “He was taking part in an attack when he was shot through the head by a piece of shrapnel and was killed immediately. I hope you will accept my deepest sympathy in your great loss. He did his duty up to the time of his death, when he made the greatest sacrifice of all.” Pte. Dobby was a fine, well-built young fellow, and enlisted at Halifax on February 11, 1916, going to France on August 9th last. Prior to enlisting he was a farm servant with Mr. Tyrer at the Craven Heifer Inn, near Skipton.

26 October 1917

GARGRAVE

IN MEMORIAM – At the Parish Church last Sunday night, at the conclusion of his sermon the Vicar most feelingly and sympathetically referred to the recent death in action of Pte. Ben Dobby, whose portrait we published in our last week’s issue. Mr. E. Burlend played the ‘Dead march’ in ‘Saul,’ the congregation standing meanwhile.

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