Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.

J L Dain (1893 – 1916)

John Leslie Dain was the son of Frederick Charles Dain, wine merchant’s manager, and his wife Elizabeth. They lived in Underhill Street and, later, Victoria Road.

After studying at Bridgnorth Grammar School, John worked as a bank clerk. He joined the 14th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment at the start of the war and went with it to France in November 1915.

In the Spring of 1916, the 5th Division had a lively time in trenches in front of Arras. It was probably here that John was injured. He died of wounds on 4th July at No. 2 General Hospital, Le Havre. He is buried in Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre.

Private Dain, 882, was awarded the Victory and British Medals and the 15 Star. His death was reported in the Bridgnorth Journal of 8th July, 1916.

[Bridgnorth Journal 10th June, 1916]
Mr F. C. Dain, Victoria Road, Bridgnorth, yesterday (Friday) received an official telegram stating that his son, Private J. L. Dain (882), 14th Warwicks, is dangerously wounded and is lying at 12 Stationary Hospital, St. Pol.

[Bridgnorth Journal 8th July, 1916]
882 Pte J. L. Dain, 14th R. Warwicks, son of Mr. F. C. Dain, Victoria Road, Bridgnorth, who was dangerously wounded early in June, died in hospital at Havre on Tuesday last. Previous to joining the colours the deceased was engaged at Lloyds Bank, Ironbridge.

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