Dines, Joseph


War Service:
Lieutenant JOSEPH DINES, 13th battalion Liverpool Regiment was killed by machine gun fire on 27 September 1918. He originally joined the Army Ordnance Corps on 29 November 1915 as a storeman. He applied for a commission in December 1916 but was turned down. He transferred to 'F' Company, 6th Middlessex Regiment at Chatham in June1917 and three months later was posted to the Machine-Gun School in Grantham to train on 'tanks'. He wanted a commission in the Tank Corps but it was felt he needed additional experience to develop his leadership skills so he was commissioned into the Liverpool Regiment in June 1918 joining them in France on 16 September.

He is buried in Grand Ravine British Cemetery, Havrincourt.

Location of Memorial:
There is a plaque in his memory at Millwall Football Club and another on the wall of his home at Whitefriars Terrace, King’s Lynn. He is remembered on the war memorial at All Saints, South Lynn and the King’s Lynn war memorial.

He was born in King's Lynn on 12 April1889, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Dines, of 4, Whitefriars Terrace, King's Lynn. He was educated at All Saint's School, King's Lynn, and the Technical Institute, King's Lynn. He worked as a pupil-teacher at Hunstanton before training at Peterborough and then became assistant master at St. Margaret's School, King's Lynn, before accepting an appointment in Ilford. He married Ethel Burgoyne at St. Margaret's, King's Lynn, 27 December 1913. They lived at 176, Chigwell Road, South Woodford, London. Three of his brothers also served.

A well known footballer, he began his playing career at Lynn All Saints' and subsequently played for Lynn United, Lynn Town, Norwich City Reserves and Woolwich Arsenal Reserves. He played for Lynn team against Aston Villa in the cup. He was selected for his county in the season 1905-6 and played in the Norfolk team that won the Southern Counties Championship in 1908. He made his debut for England against Wales, in 1910, and was a regular in the pre-war England team. He also played international matches in the Olympic series. He played for Millwall and once for Liverpool when they beat Chelsea 2-1.

Roll of Honour website (http://www.roll-of-honour.com)

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Andy Pepper

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