Private/2nd Lieutenant George Wentworth Dimery
Born. Shadwell, Leeds, 1888.
Died, of Wounds 4/4/1917 aged 29.
George Wentworth Dimery was the son of Frederick George Dimery of Moor Allerton, Leeds. George and his two brothers, Joseph Edwin (born 1889) and Wentworth, attended Shadwell Industrial School where their father was Governor and Headmaster.
When war broke out all three brothers volunteered to serve with the newly formed Leeds Pals. George joined on the 5/9/1914 his brothers enlisting five days later. All three served with B Company No 5 platoon at Colsterdale, Egypt and France and all three gained commissions later on in the war.
George was later given the job of Company range finder serving with the pals in Colsterdale, Egypt and France. On the 9/1/1917 he was given a commission and returned to the Pals as a 2nd Lieutenant. Some time later whilst attending a bombing (hand grenade) instruction course he was involved in a tragic accident that caused his death and that of a fellow officer serving with another "Pals" battalion. His name was George Joseph Beaumont, a Canadian who, in April 1915 had been posted as a newly commissioned 2nd Lieutenant to the 11th East Lancashire Regiment or Accrington Pals.
After the disasterous attack on Serre on the 1st of July 1916 the Accrington’s like the Leeds Pals suffered very high casualties (584 out of 720) and lost most, if not all of their officers.
2nd Lieutenant Beaumont (of the Accrington Pals) missed the opening attack (possibly kept back as part of the 10 percent reserve) and as one of the few surviving unwounded Accringtons officers was promoted to full Lieutenant the following day. In mid January 1917 whilst the Accrington pals were out of the line for rest, recreation and training, Lieutenant Beaumont was posted as Chief Bombing Instructor to the 31st Divisional School of Instruction. On the 18th of January 2nd Lieutenant George Dimery was in his 4th day of instruction at the "School" and at around 3pm whilst under the supervision of Lieutenant Beaumont was throwing live grenades from a specially prepared breastwork. The grenades had been checked and primed by Lance Sergeant Robert Driver, an experienced bomber serving with the Accrington Pals. Five grenades had already been safely thrown, two of them by Lt Dimery, when on Lt Beaumont's whistle, Lt Dimery withdrew the pin from his third grenade. As he brought his arm back prior to throwing it, the grenade exploded in his hand, amazingly Lt Dimery was still standing, but Lt Beaumont who had been stood 3 yards behind him was lying on the ground unconscious with terrible head wounds. He was rushed to a casualty clearing station where sadly he died of his wounds. 15/279 Joseph Edwin Dimery, brother of the above who was sick on the 1/7/1916 so missed the carnage of the 1st day and rejoined on 7/71916 and was promoted Cpl on the 25/7/1916, a Sergeant on the 3/10/1916 and was later commissioned on the 25/9/1917 to the 3rd battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (South Yorkshire Regiment)
Lieutenant Dimery who had severe wounds to his right hand, eye and hip was eventually evacuated to hospital in England where on the 4th of April he died of his wounds.
He is buried in St Johns Churchyard, Moor Allerton, Leeds.
With Special thanks to Andrew C Jackson of the Accrington Pals Web Site, who provided and researched the circumstances surrounding George Dimery's death.
Also a big thank you to Mark Johnston for providing the information relating to his brother.