Harry Dale was killed or died as a result of enemy action 1st November 1914.
He was an able seaman aboard the HMS Good Hope which was sunk with all hands in the Pacific Ocean off the Chilean coast at the battle of Coronel.
Harry had been at sea before for 12 years and 5 years in the reserve, and had been one of the crew of the ships accompanying King George V and Queen Mary when they were Prince and Princess of Wales making a tour of the overseas dominions. Harry had belonged to the Portsmouth command. Fanny, his wife, had received a letter from him, posted at Cape Horn, before the battle saying that the HMS Good Hope had been chasing the Germans and had several scrapes but were all right. He had been living at 88 Abbey Street, Rugby with his wife Fanny and his daughter, also Fanny, aged 8 years.
Harry had been born in Birmingham in 1879 and his wife had also been born there. On the 1891 census he had been living in King Edwards Road with his mother Harriet and younger sister Lilly Maud. On the 1901 census he is listed as a member of the crew on board HMS St George has an able seaman. Harry and Fanny were married in Birmingham in 1902.
On the 1911 census he and his family are living at 120 Abbey Street Rugby and he is working as a labourer, for the B.T.H. Company in the wiring department where he had been working for 5 to 6 years, and was a member of the B.T.H. Fire Brigade and, according to his obituary, in the Rugby Advertiser 21st November 1914, he was popular with all who knew him.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM