John Oliver Dinsmore

Guardsman John Oliver Dinsmore of Portrush, Co. Antrim escaped from captors in Italy and joined a band of partisans before his death on 16th September 1944.


John Oliver Dinsmore


John Oliver Dinsmore of Portrush, Co. Antrim was 21 years old when he became a prisoner of war at Anzio. After escaping from PG52, he joined a band of partisans in the Italian mountains.

Guardsman John Oliver Dinsmore (2723037) served in 1st Battalion Irish Guard during World War Two. He was the son of James Dinsmore and Fanny Dinsmore of Portrush, Co. Antrim.

John became a prisoner of war after his capture at Anzio on 8th February 1944. His imprisonment likely took place at Campo PG52 Chiavari, Calvari, Italy. He died on 16th September 1944 aged 21 years old. Along with him was Royal Artillery Gunner LE Haddy. Both men had temporary burials at Spigno Monferrato, Piedmont. Reports suggest they escaped from their prisoner of war camps or transport trains and joined a group of Italian partisans fighting in the Apennines.

John Oliver Dinsmore’s grave is in Section III, Row B, Grave 13 of Staglieno Cemetery, Genoa, Italy. Reburial here took place on 17th October 1945. His headstone bears the inscription:

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.